About the Founder
Adam Sugalski has been fighting for environmental and animal rights for over two decades. As a teenager, he began a recycling program at his high school and also helped to found the Environmental Club. Upon graduating with a BA in Art and Photography from the University of North Florida in 1996, Adam completed his first pro-bono assignment: creating a logo for Earth First. In the years that followed Adam has assisted numerous local and national nonprofits dedicated to animal protection including Mercy For Animals, Vegan Outreach, and Animal Legal Defense Fund.
In 2011, Adam organized JaxProtest, a circus protest group in Jacksonville, Florida. Under his leadership and because of his community-building skills, the protest group grew from 18 protestors attending Ringling demonstrations to over 60 in just one year. In addition to staging successful protests, JaxProtest initiated talks with the president of the University of North Florida regarding circus cruelty after holding a successful protest against Piccadilly Circus on the UNF campus in July 2012. By civilly and strategically engaging with UNF officials in an on-going dialogue, UNF, in step with other universities across the country, ultimately decided to ban animal acts from campus. Outside of his work in animal protection, Adam is an award-winning graphic designer, an avid surfer, and a Muay Thai instructor. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his three rescue dogs and two adopted cats.
Founding and current board member of Four Feet Forward
Campaign Director for Stop The Bear Hunt
- Founder of CircusProtest
- Co-Founder and Creative Director of CompassionWorks International