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Hello! We’re VegOut—a group of vegans passionate about the plant-based food and lifestyle scene, living in cities across the US. We work to bring you the best vegan content around. Stop by our Instagram accounts, give us a follow, and introduce yourself. We’d love to connect!

Maggie Ortlieb

she/her

Founder & CEO

@maggieeortlieb
Maggie Ortlieb

Maggie started VegOut in 2016 to show her veg-curious friends all of the delicious vegan options they could enjoy while dining out. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, she now resides in Los Angeles (and is perfectly happy never scraping ice off her windshield ever again). She graduated with a degree in creative advertising from Michigan State University (Go green!) and worked in a variety of industries—including nonprofit, hospitality, staffing, and financial services—before founding VegOut. In her free time, she enjoys traveling (and eating all the vegan food), hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Must-have products: Tenzo Matcha, Oatly Oat Milk, Facial Lounge Whipped Creme Sleeping Mask, LUSH Sleepy Body Lotion

Articles by Maggie

Tammie Ortlieb

she/her

Managing Editor

@tammieortlieb
Tammie Ortlieb

Tammie has been with VegOut since its inception. Managing Editor and Maggie’s mom, she’s a former psychology professor who packed up her life and moved across the country from Michigan to California to follow a dream. Indie author, Mother Teresa-wannabe, and vegan for 18 years, she’s a big dreamer with a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology and an educational focus on well-being and thriving. When she’s not working through hyphens and commas, you’ll find her strategizing how to right the inequities of the world.

Must-have products: Elmhurst Unsweetened Almond Milk, Fleur & Bee Facial Cleanser, ATTITUDE Shampoo & Conditioning Bars, Back to Nature Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Articles by Tammie

Kimberly Tran

she/her

Creative Director

@killaxkim
Kimberly Tran

VegOut’s Creative Director, Kimberly, draws inspiration from Brutalist architecture, mid-century furniture, and vintage cars. A self-taught editorial designer, she’s always on the hunt for something new, whether that’s discovering new music, trying new restaurants, or learning handy (and not-so-handy!) skills. And who knew her love of food presentation would lead to a passion for photography? Other passions? Her dog Ralph, coffee shops, and collecting magazines and plants. You can also catch her acting in music videos and commercials!

Must-have products: Abe’s Wild Blueberry Muffins, Lotus Biscoff Cookies, OSEA Ocean Cleanser, La Colombe Canned Oatmilk Latte

Jerry Ng

he/him

Designer

@jerrymanderng
Jerry Ng

Jerry, a self-taught designer, started designing for VegOut as an intern a few years ago after sending a very cold email to founder and CEO Maggie—and she responded! Now, he’s designing for VegOut’s print and digital endeavors. Originally from San Francisco, California, he currently lives in Los Angeles. When not hunched over a screen, you’ll find him experimenting with different vegan protein sources, reading a book on his couch, or drinking some booch on the beach while listening to a podcast.

Must-have products: Vegan Rob’s Dragon Puffs, Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen, Mother-in-Law’s Vegan Kimchi, Modern Times Beer

Allie Mitchell

she/her

Social Media Director & Staff Writer

@alliemitch
Allie Mitchell

When Allie responded to an Instagram post on @vegoutlosangeles a few years ago, she had no idea she’d join the coolest vegan team on the planet. An Austin native, actress, yogi, and part-time sword fighter (don’t ask!), Allie is on a mission to live her best life and inspire others to do the same. She graduated from Hussian College In Studio with a B.F.A. in Contemporary Musical Theatre + Film and currently acts, writes, and eats her way through Los Angeles.

Must-have products: MUSH Overnight Oats, Califia Farms Creamer, HURRAW! Lip Balm, Facial Lounge Feather-Light Miracle Moisturizer

Articles by Allie

Anja Grommons

she/her

Staff Writer

@vegcentricdietitian
Anja Grommons

During her studies to become a registered dietitian, Anja—a longtime vegetarian—transitioned to a vegan diet. Living in Kalamazoo, Michigan at the time (Go Broncos!), she met Maggie and Tammie through VegOut Kalamazoo (one of VegOut’s first focus cities) and began collaborating with the duo. When she’s not writing about new vegan eats, practicing as a pediatric clinical dietitian, and virtually coaching fellow plant-based eaters, you can find her creating veg-centric recipes, trying new cruelty-free products, and spending time with her partner Addison and cat Kovu.

Must-have products: Ezekiel Bread, Racconto Giardiniera, Pacifica Vegan Collagen Complex Serum, Elina Organics Botanical Cleanser

Articles by Anja

Cayla White

she/they

Staff Writer

@cayla__white

Cayla has been writing for VegOut since 2020 and has been plugged into the LA vegan food scene since Veggie Grill was pretty much the only vegan restaurant in the city. Aside from writing articles, Cayla enjoys embracing their inner 85-year-old by listening to classical music, making playlists for their friends, and staying active through swimming, hiking, cycling, and yoga. In their free time, Cayla likes writing poetry, learning about outdoor survival and alternative lifestyles, and is always searching for the best loaf of sourdough bread.

Must-have products: Trader Joe’s Tangerine Juice, Miyoko’s Vegan Butter, Chef Hak’s Plant-Based Caesar Dressing, Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce

Articles by Cayla

Alejandra Tolley

she/her

Staff Writer

@laveganaenojona
Alejandra Tolley

Vegan junk-foodie Alejandra was born and raised in Los Angeles County. As a self-made writer, she always makes sure that she advocates for all humans and animals. When she’s not typing the day away, you can find her singing her lungs out to Mitski, taking pictures of her doggies Luna and Dexter, or stocking her kitchen with more avocados, strawberries, and Kettle Salt n Vinegar chips. Alejandra also loves traveling and sharing her eats from around the world on Instagram.

Must-have products: LUSH Fresh Farmacy Facial Soap, Dr. Smith’s Rose Lip Balm, Milk Makeup KUSH Fiber Brow Gel, Starbucks Pink Drink, Avocado Toast

Articles by Alejandra

Laurie Chin Sayres

she/her

Brand Partnerships Manager

@rockymountaindreamin

Laurie discovered VegOut when she was exploring the vegan food scene in LA and just knew that she had to be a part of it. The fun vibe, informative articles, and scrumptious pictures on the site drew her in! A marathon swimmer and triathlete, Laurie enjoys learning about all the vegan endurance nutrition products on the shelves. She also loves meeting and developing relationships with the multitudes of talented people bringing vegan products and services to market.

Must-have products: Save the Duck Margareth Hooded Puffer Vest, Hu Cashew Butter + Orange Vanilla Dark Chocolate Bar, Rasa Adaptogenic Cacao Brew, Curious Elixirs Mocktails

Victoria Mitchell

she/her

Social Media Manager

@vickmitch
Victoria Mitchell

Austin, Texas born and raised, Victoria is a lover of beauty products, travel, bulldogs, and trying all the new vegan things! If there’s ranch dressing, she’s there! After attending school for finance, she soon discovered that her heart wasn’t in it. When her sister began working for VegOut, Victoria learned about all the amazing vegan products on the market. At the same time, she began nannying for the owner of a PR firm. That’s when she realized exactly what she wanted to do and knocked on VegOut’s door!

Must-have products: Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer, Hidden Valley Plant Powered Ranch, Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Good Foods Plant Based Queso Style Dip

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