Aarti Kelapure is the Senior Editor for Causes. She cares deeply about social justice and believes that the media has the responsibility to expose civil and human rights violations around the world. Prior to joining Care2, she worked at Death Penalty Focus, where she coordinated a campaign for murder victims’ family members who oppose the death penalty. Aarti holds a Master’s degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley.
An award-winning writer and teacher, Judy Molland is also an avid hiker, backpacker, and nature lover. Her articles on education, the environment and women’s rights have appeared in numerous publications, and she is also the author of two books, Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future and Straight Talk About Schools Today (both published by Free Spirit). She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she teaches Spanish.
Steve is a passionate supporter of gay rights and animal rights, as well as being a published novelist, poet, writer for TV, film and computer games and a self confessed English nerd.
Sharon Seltzer is a freelance writer and co-founder of the animal rescue organization, Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. She is a lifelong animal advocate and promotes responsible pet guardianship. She is proud to say that HCWS has spayed and neutered nearly 50,000 cats and dogs and adopted 7,500 pets. Sharon shares her life with her husband, three rescued dogs and three semi-feral cats.
Ximena is a communications professional, blogger, researcher, and youth mentor with expertise in human rights, women’s and teen issues, and youth empowerment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Boston College and a minor in Women’s Studies. She is deeply invested in promoting the equality and self-determination of women and girls around the world and envisions a world where all women can live freely and safely. Follow Ximena on Twitter @XimenaR21.
Robin is a freelance writer and editor from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She currently writes for RHRealityCheck, an online advocacy site focused on reproductive health issues. Robin spent three years as a writer, editor and project director for the Center for Independent Media (Now the American Independent News Network), a progressive online news organization with sites across the country. Robin has been blogging since 2004, when she started The Power Liberal, and currently runs WoMN Focus, a site dedicated to female writers in Minnesota.
Alicia Graef is a lifelong animal lover with a BS in Animal and Veterinary Science and years of experience working and playing in the equine industry.
Laura Simpson is the founder of Harmony Fund international animal protection charity. Partnering with some of the most effective and courageous animal rescue teams across the planet, Laura brings joyful and inspirational news to animal advocates who turn to Care2.com for a global perspective.
Jeff Fecke is a freelance writer who has covered local and national politics for much of the past decade. Jeff has written on a variety of topics, with a focus on women’s rights and social justice. Jeff is also the author of the fantasy novel “The Valkyrie’s Tale.” Jeff is divorced, and shares custody of his daughter. He lives in Lakeville, Minnesota. Follow Jeff on twitter: @jkfecke.
With a Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University, Megan strives to make life better for all animals by advocating for society’s downtrodden and disenfranchised quadrupedal, bipedal and finned creatures. Her mantra is “I have always fought for the underdog…”
Megan has been involved at the grassroots level on many animal welfare issues from fostering homeless pets to peacefully demonstrating about animal abuse. She advocates working with lawmakers to change the legal status of animals and hopes her writing will inspire others to become a loud and involved voice for those creatures who do not speak human.
Her moniker, doggie mom, expresses her identity to the three rescued dogs — Avatar, Oscar and Rozaida — with whom she shares her life. Oh, and a cat named Shonali who acts like a dog!
s.e. smith is a writer, agitator, and commentator based in Northern California, with a journalistic focus on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class, and the intersections thereof, with a special interest in rural subjects. smith delights in amplifying the voices of those who are often silenced and challenging dominant ideas about justice, equality, and liberation. International publication credits include work for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, and AlterNet, among many other news outlets and magazines. Riling people up while also informing them about ongoing issues in the world around them is a favorite activity, along with taking any and all opportunities to discuss pop culture. Assisted by cats Loki and Leila and a flock of roaming chickens, smith lives in Fort Bragg, California.