Michelle Carrera is originally from Puerto Rico, and began her adult life as an animal rescuer, part of the founding team of Asociación Protectora de Animales de Cabo Rojo in Puerto Rico. She was cofounder of Latinos for Animal Protection which provided social media services to Latin American animal protection organizations including San Francisco de Asís Animal Sanctuary in Puerto Rico. She has participated in countless campaigns, marches, petitions, workshops, humane education classes for a wide range of animal rights organizations. She has also worked in adult literacy, immigration, food justice and reproductive rights initiatives. This wide spectrum of activism has shaped her view of connected struggles and has led her to create Chilis on Wheels. She has also worked in diverse industries. In the late 1990s (prior to her vegan transition in 2001) she worked in the food service business, and notably served as GT for The Crystal Palace in The Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World. She later worked for six years in the field of Program Data Management for non-profits, notably Literacy Partners and Jewish Family Services (where she also managed the data for the Food Pantry).
She leads talks on veganism and hunger, low income vegan living, and community building.
She founded and organizes Vegan Latinos of NYC Meetup which gathers vegan latinos for conversation, support, and community, as well as fundraises for vegan organizations in LatinAmerica.
Michelle is a freelance translator and writer, and unschooling mother to her vegan son, Ollie. She has a blog: www.granolatron.com where she writes about parenting, food, and activism. She lives in Brooklyn and shares her home with a Puerto Rican sato. Her passion is food, gardening, and justice.
Ollie, vegan since birth has participated in various justice campaigns. When asked what his purpose in life is, he replies “To be a Good Guy”. Ollie is an integral part of Chilis on Wheels, helping throughout the entire process of cooking, packing, and distributing the vegan chili. The face of Chilis on Wheels, Ollie loves Minecraft, and being a voice for the animals.
For more about Ollie, please watch the following video where he talks about Chilis on Wheels and feeding the homeless.