FEATURE: Tracye McQuirter, MPH

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A vegan trailblazer, public health nutritionist, author, international lecturer, and 30-year vegan, Tracye McQuirter, MPH, has been teaching people how to become healthy vegans for more than 25 years. She was named a national food hero changing the way America eats for the better by Vegetarian Times and her national best-seller, By Any Greens Necessary, was the number one recommended vegan book on The Huffington Post.

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Tracye co-founded the first vegan website by and for African Americans nearly 20 years ago with her sister, Marya McQuirter, PhD, and has been credited in part with increasing the number of African American vegans and vegetarians to more than 3 million people. 

Tracye's been featured in more than 100 media outlets, including CBS News, Fox News, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, NPR, Ebony, Essence, and VegNews. She was also featured on the cover of Barefoot Vegan magazine.

She has a master’s degree in public health nutrition from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College. Tracye served as program director of the nation’s first federally funded vegan nutrition program, the Vegetarian Society of DC Eat Smart Program. She 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.

As a national authority on preventing and reversing chronic diseases in African American women using plant-based nutrition, Tracye served as nutrition advisor for the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the largest health advocacy organization for black women.

As an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia, Tracye designed and taught a plant-based nutrition curriculum for the District of Columbia Public Schools System to help prevent and reverse childhood obesity in Washington, DC, in partnership with the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign.

Tracye is an advisory board member of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, the PlantPure Nation Foundation, Black Vegans Rock, and Hip Hop is Green, and is a co-founder of We Feed Our People and the Black Vegetarian Society of New York. Learn more about Tracye at byanygreensnecessary.com.

"My being vegan, eating the healthiest way I can, is an act of self-love, self-care, self-preservation, and self-liberation. And when I help other people learn how to eat healthier, it's a communal and global act of love, care, preservation, and liberation."