Founder & Executive Director
Britty Hamby, a vegan for most of her life, paused her career in Supply Chain in 2016 to co-found ATX Vegans with the hopes of improving the food culture in Central Texas. She believes that everyone has the capacity to recognize the suffering of others and that veganism is one important way we can express compassion for those we care about. She is also the CEO of Planted, an organization that works with food businesses around the country to host one-time or ongoing vegan events, and through its programs has led several restaurants to go vegan for life. On days off, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, playing in the kitchen, eating at all the new restaurants around Austin and watching movies at home with her dog, Daryl.
Intersectionality & Inclusion Coordinator
Jenny Toledo grew up in Miami where she earned a B.F.A. in Film and Digital Production. After working on a Spanish vegan documentary and seeing her own family suffer from poor nutrition, she knew she had to make a lifestyle change. Since 2014 Jenny has been an advocate for veganism and found a passion in recreating her great-grandmother’s recipes. She now works for Blackbaud where she educates nonprofits on how to share their stories, analyze data, and run backend operations. On days off, Jenny enjoys exploring Austin with her dog Ghost, watching movies, and dancing. She loves being a part of the growing vegan community in Austin and is proud to call Texas her home.
Jennifer Short had worked in the food industry for over a decade when she watched several animal rights documentaries and decided she needed a career switch. Five years later, she works in animal care and dedicates her career and free time to saving the lives of animals everywhere. In addition to coordinating ATX Vegans events, Jennifer loves participating in local activism, like Cubes of Truth. When she moved to Austin she found that the vegan community here was the most welcoming she had ever come across. She believes in building community events where everyone feels welcome, and dreams of one day opening up a hospice sanctuary for ill, elderly and abandoned shelter animals. When she's not working so hard, Jennifer enjoys eating ALL the vegan food in Austin, baking in the sunshine (like a lizard) and spending quiet days at home with her cats.
Morgan Fowler is a longtime human and animal rights advocate. Vegetarian since 1996 and Vegan since 2007, she firmly believes that home is tied to people (and animals), not places. Morgan is a practiced professional with diverse experience, including volunteering at local animal shelters, organizing special events, providing art therapy to at-risk youth, and enjoys a career facilitating/providing care to people experiencing homelessness, chronic health issues, and developmental disabilities. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with her pup, Finnius Hedwig, her cat, Sweets, and trying out all different kinds of outdoor adventures around Austin. In her own words, she’s ‘stoked to be a part of such a welcoming and inclusive vegan community.’
Emily Martinez attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she earned a B.A. in English, a B.A. in Spanish, and later an M.A. in Second Language Acquisition & Pedagogy. Having grown up in a vegetarian household, Emily went vegan in 2011 when her partner suggested making the switch together. She worked as a Spanish teacher in Little Rock before making the move to Austin in fall 2014. She now lives in south Austin with her husband, a dog named Wally, two cats named Tempeh and Colbert, and works as the Director of Academic Success for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area. Emily enjoys running, watching movies, and attending all of the vegan events Austin has to offer.