Pam Panozzo is originally from Southwestern Michigan and studied printmaking at Eastern Michigan University. He spent his early career as a graphic designer working with numerous nonprofits. He left the nonprofit sector to open a food cart and subsequently three vegan restaurants in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His restaurants have been featured in the New York Times and Bon Appétit Magazine. During his decade in the restaurant industry, he advocated for fair wages and ending workplace sexual harassment at the U.S. Congress, D.C. City Council and Michigan State Congress. For his advocacy work he was honored with the Pace Setter Award presented by Jane Fonda and RAISE High Road Restaurants. Panozzo left the business at the end of 2019 and is now the Digital Creative Associate of Shamel Pitts’ multidisciplinary performance collective TRIBE.