Phillis Engelbert is co-owner of The Lunch Room
, a vegan food cart operating in Mark's Carts in downtown Ann Arbor. She is also publicity and events coordinator for Mark's Carts
and the associated, upcoming Bill's Beer Garden. Prior to becoming a vegan foodie and small business owner, Phillis worked for 25 years as a community organizer, writer, and nonprofit administrator.
Phillis cut her activist teeth as a student organizer at the University of Michigan in the 1980s. After graduating with degrees in biology and natural resources, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she co-coordinated the national march against the first Gulf War. Back in Ann Arbor in the 1990s, she was a union organizer for the Graduate Employees Organization and a writer and editor for AGENDA monthly magazine. For the latter half of the 1990s, as a new mother, she wrote 28 volumes of textbooks and reference books for the Gale Group on science and social science topics. In the early 2000s she was a founder and the first executive director of Michigan Peaceworks.