Hannah West: Founder
Founder and former organizer, currently a UW Madison undergraduate
majoring in music education. Passionate proponent of an intersectional veganism that considers impacts on non human
animals, human animals, and the environment while simultaneously being SUPER FUN and deserving its very own annual party.
Currently a student at UW-Madison studying Environmental Science and Community &
Nonprofit Leadership, I am constantly seeking ways to align my educational, professional, and moral ambitions
with my personal lifestyle. Veganism was a natural choice, benefiting not only my personal health but also propagating
a passion for animals and the environment, both of which I’ve always held dear. I am so lucky to have been a part of
Mad City Vegan Fest since year one. At the time an incoming freshman, MCVF gave me not only a plethora of resources,
but also a wonderful community to support me in my ongoing transition from a six-year vegetarian to a hopefully-lifelong
vegan! Aside from assisting with graphic design and marketing for the Vegan Fest, I can be found helping out at
Dane County Humane Society on the weekends, attempting (but mostly failing) to sustain vegetative life in my
student slum apartment, biking out the Military Ridge State Trail, aggressively trolling Library Mall for vegan
meals from the various food carts, or just catching some rays on the Union Terrace!
In addition to being the "amazing boyfriend" Gina mentions below, I work as a programmer doing web development on a C#/ASP.NET-MVC stack as a day job, but I have some personal
sites running django and I play with / get mad at Haskell a lot. My hobbies currently center around
number theory, but if you have an idea from a field with "theoretical" in the title, I'd probably be
interested. My sole contribution to mankind thus far has been creating the following joke: "Why was Sun-Tzu
always on time? Because he knew the Chinese Reminder Theorem!" If you thought that joke had
too much humor and not enough math, you'd probably enjoy my blog.
I'm currently President of Alliance For Animals and the Environment and have been a member since 2005.
My partner Vicky and I went vegan on 4/4/04 (easy date to remember!) after seeing Peaceable Kingdom.
It’s since been made even better: 3 1/2 minute preview. I volunteer also as Treasurer of Unitarian
Universalist Animal Ministry (UUAM). After I retired in 2011 as CFO of a healthcare system in
SE Wisconsin, we moved to Madison. I love biking here. Favorite food? That would be the
Veggie Burger from the cookbook Vegan Planet. Caveat: I haven’t yet tried Lynn’s homemade
peanut butter dog biscuits.
I've been vegan for 4 years and was vegetarian for 32 years before that. I organize the Madison
Area Vegetarian Meetup Group, which hosts monthly vegan dinners at local restaurants. We also have many other
events: potlucks, cooking lessons, game nights, camping trips, scenic hikes, apple picking outings, and many
others. Check out vegmadison.org for more information. It's free to join. Other aspects of my life include
ultimate frisbee, word games, and gadgets.
I think of my decision to become vegan as one of the best decisions I've made in my life,
and only wish that I had made it sooner! I enjoy volunteering for, and being on the board of
For Animals and the Environment, and have met several intelligent and passionate activists (one of whom you'll read about next)!
My favorite foods are chocolate, tomatoes, and wine, and I probably
spend too much time watching medical dramas. I live with my amazing boyfriend and our 2 vegan cats, "Tequilla", and "The Hunter". I
occasionally write in my blog.
My husband and I relocated to Madison in November because we felt more at home
here than we did in our former home in Illinois. We have owned a second home in Columbia County sort of in the
'sticks' for several years, and we spent so much time coming to Madison that we realized we wanted to live here
full time and so we sold our Illinois home and made it happen, knowing no one in Madison. Since I no longer work
for pay, I now work for my causes. I've been vegetarian a while but only recently transitioned to veganism. As
I set up my new life and make new friends, I expect the Alliance to figure prominently. I'm looking to help in
whatever ways I can. I enjoy working out, nutrition, hiking, reading, and spending time with my dogs. I also
volunteer with the Sierra Club and am setting up volunteering with the UW Hospital and the Humane Society.