A vegan trailblazer, public health nutritionist, author, lecturer and 30-year vegan, Tracye McQuirter, MPH, has been named a national food hero who is changing the way America eats for the better by Vegetarian Times, and her national bestseller, By Any Greens Necessary, was the #1 recommended vegan book on The Huffington Post.

Tracye served as program director of the nation’s first federally funded vegan nutrition program, the Vegetarian Society of DC Eat Smart Program, and has been teaching vegan nutrition seminars for more than 25 years. Tracye also co-founded one of the first vegan websites 17 years ago, and the first ever vegan website by and for African Americans.

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She is a national authority on preventing and reversing chronic diseases in African American women using plant-based nutrition, and has been credited in part with increasing the number of African American vegans and vegetarians to nearly 3 million people.

Tracye also served as a policy advisor for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, helping to create the strategy for a groundbreaking lawsuit proving food industry bias in the formation of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Tracye is passionate about helping people live healthier, happier, lives. She has a master’s degree in public health nutrition from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.