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VegOut LA is an online vegan city guide covering the best vegan things to eat, see, and do in Los Angeles.

Our Team

Maggie Ortlieb

Maggie Ortlieb

Maggie holds a bachelor of arts degree in advertising from Michigan State University and is dedicated to creating a kinder planet through the platforms of social media and marketing. Maggie has extensive experience in both the corporate and nonprofit world as well as a foundation of volunteer hours helping impoverished communities eat healthier.

Joel Alatorre

Joel Alatorre

Photographer + Designer

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@joelesvegan

Joel was born and raised in Los Angeles and is genuinely happy to call Southern California home. He loves the city, but will never pass up an opportunity to be in nature. As a vegan for 10 years, Joel is passionate about helping grow the vegan movement and ensuring our community is inclusive, compassionate, and accepting to everyone. In addition to snapping photos and creating amazing graphics, he is VegOut LA’s official vegan burger taste tester.

Tammie Ortlieb

Tammie Ortlieb

Co-Founder + Managing Editor

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@tammieortlieb

Tammie is an expert at bringing play and kindness into life. A long-time vegan with a master’s degree in educational psychology, she is author of Outside the Lines: Essays on Poverty, Possibilities, and the Power of Love. You can find her following her passions at tammieortlieb.com where she promotes a whole food, plant-based diet, acts of kindness, and daily play as key components of a healthy life.

Ameen Tabatabai

Ameen Tabatabai

Business Development

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@ameenlive

Ameen is a Seattle-born transplant survivor who has built a foundation of experience in biomedical engineering, clinical research, digital technology, and management consulting. Through his own health journey and passion for research, Ameen embraced the power of plants to heal and free his body from a lifetime of autoimmune disease and is now focused on growing plant-based culture in the community and inspiring others to conquer their health issues. Read more about his story at ameenlive.com.

Symphony Barnes

Symphony Barnes

Symphony is a Southern California native who is passionate about health and wellness. She enjoys writing, living in California, and sharing her vegan lifestyle. Symphony graduated from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in Jounralism.

John Ortlieb

John Ortlieb

John went vegan nine years ago on a bet from his mom and found his migraines disappeared as did a little extra weight. When he’s not at work you can find him in the kitchen whipping up original-recipe plant-based desserts. Chocolate Crème Pies, anyone?

Ryan Tempfer

Ryan Tempfer

Staff Writer

@ryantempfer

Ryan is an all-over vegan foodie: he spends his days creating and writing about new recipes for a vegan recipe blog, No Eggs or Ham. When he’s not in the kitchen he’s probably playing drums, freelance modeling around LA, or trying other cooks’ vegan creations! He’s always looking to add value to people’s lives through extraordinary flavors, new adventures, and awareness of different perspectives.

Tanya Flink

Tanya Flink

Staff Writer

@trainertanya

Tanya Flink is an Orange County journalist willing to drive for vegan food. She’s written for several plant-based publications, including VegNews, Organic Authority, EcoSalon, and LIVEKINDLY. She currently serves as the Lead Writer for Switch4Good.