Jina Shah is a lifelong Jain and decades-long vegan. A past chair of the Ahimsak Eco-Vegan Committee of JAINA, (the Federation of Jain Associations of North America), she has spoken at various Jain events nationally and internationally and blogs at veganjains.com.
Her passion is helping audiences realize the alignment of a whole foods vegan diet with the Jain values of non-violence, reverence, care, and compassion for all life. Additional training as a Climate Realities Leader lent urgency to the climate benefits of this choice, in addition to the ongoing benefits to animals, human health, and spiritual development.
She co-wrote the Jain Declaration on the Climate Crisis and wrote a Jain reflection of repentance and commitment (Climate Focused pratikraman) focused on the climate.
She practices mindfulness with her life partner as a complementary spiritual practice that fortifies their commitment to living in harmony with all beings.
Professionally, she is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and in Family Medicine, with Master’s degrees in Public Health and Bioethics. She has worked in global public health, vaccine development, pharmaceutical bioethics, and cancer drug safety.