People, Animals, and the Planet


At Stray Dog, We…

believe in creating and choosing kind alternatives that reduce the suffering of animals caused by humans

extend our compassion for animals to farmers, farm workers, and rural communities and support shifting from harmful and unfair industrial models of agriculture to systems that are humane, regenerative, and resilient

encourage and respect all thoughtful food choices that are better for people, animals, and the planet

celebrate the bond between companion animals and their guardians, and hope that loving a dog, cat, or other animal evolves into care and concern for all animals, as it has for all of us at Stray Dog

seek to preserve the ecosystems of wild terrestrial and aquatic animals, including mitigating global climate change


Who We Are

Stray Dog comprises three organizations that advocate for people, animals, and the planet.

Stray Dog Capital is a venture capital fund investing in innovative, early-stage companies across the food, beverage, and biotechnology sectors that are driving a healthier, humane, and more sustainable future.

To cultivate dignity, justice, and sustainability in the food system, Stray Dog Institute provides nonprofit allies with funding, strategic research, and opportunities for collaboration. Together, we hope to build a more compassionate world for people, animals, and the environment.  

Stray Dog Policy is a nonpartisan, social welfare organization dedicated to transformative action to better the health, safety, and welfare of all animals through the political process of lobbying, campaigning, and helping to elect humane candidates to state office.

Our Team

Erin Bolton

Stray Dog Capital

Stephanie Chen

Stray Dog Capital

Tom Conger

Stray Dog Institute

Laura Driscoll

Stray Dog Institute

Lisa Feria

Stray Dog Capital

Lauren Kohler

Stray Dog Institute

Chuck Laue


Jennifer Laue


Kathy Lowery

Stray Dog

Johnny Ream

Stray Dog Capital

Alicia Rodriguez

Stray Dog Institute

Brennan Tucker

Stray Dog

Partner Organizations

GlassWall Syndicate is a large group of venture capitalists, foundations, trusts, nonprofits, and individual investors who share a similar investment thesis and want to accelerate mainstream adoption of products and services that will make a difference in the lives of animals and people and that are better for the planet.

Rochelle Jordan
Macy Marriott

Affiliated Organizations

Members of the Stray Dog team are directly involved with several mission-aligned organizations, including a pet insurance company and two private foundations.


News & Articles

Regenerative agriculture offers a transformative future vision for the US food system. Can regenerative approaches succeed without centering domesticated farmed animals?
We share our learnings and reflections from the first two years of integrating trust-based practices into our food system philanthropy.
The systemic focus of food justice advocacy aligns well with the goals of food system transformation.
Farming black soldier flies as a global food waste cure diverts attention from systemic food system transformation.
Food access challenges intersect with many other social, economic, and environmental concerns in the food system.
Not all alternative models of agriculture offer equivalent benefits for all food system stakeholders and interests.
Factory farm biogas further entrenches industrial animal agriculture and fossil fuel dependence.
LGBTQ+ farmers in the US are an underrepresented voice in the movement for food systems transformation.
Intensive agriculture in the US damages the environment, wastes natural resources, drives climate change, and harms both animals and humans.
Agricultural subsidies play a significant role in defining the environmental, social, and animal welfare norms of the US food system.
Confronting structural racism in the food system means looking beyond “food deserts” and recognizing the systemic roots of food access disparities.
Adjusting the way meals are served in public institutions, retail locations, and even community potlucks could make the benefits of plant-based eating accessible to all.