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Belinda Griswold is a communications strategist for conservation groups – primarily focused on climate change – throughout the US. She is also a lawyer and mediator, and a longtime Dharma practitioner in the Tibetan tradition. Belinda has worked with BPF as a BASE group leader, board member and volunteer consultant for many years. Belinda has coordinated local and statewide political campaigns, and has also served as a board member of Tara Mandala, as fundraising director for Nalandabodhi, and as the USA national fundraising director for HH Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje. She brings a deep passion for the integration of spiritual practice and spiritual activism to her work for BPF. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, daughter, two pit bulls, and an old cat.

Rev. Michaela O’Connor Bono is a resident priest and co-leader of the Mid City Zen sangha in New Orleans. She took ordination in 2010 and has been practicing Zen for almost ten years, having done most of her monastic training at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Green Gulch farm, which are part of the San Francisco Zen Center. Rev. Michaela is involved in prison meditation and chaplaincy work and she is on the Board of Sakyadhita USA, a branch of the International Association of Buddhist Women.

Funie Hsu – bio to come

Scott Woodbury is a lawyer with a background in public policy and a history of
social and environmental activism and stewardship. He is a student of
the Buddha and other wisdom traditions. He is currently working with
community and faith based groups to end the death penalty in Idaho.
His favorite author is Wendell Berry. He lives in Boise, Idaho with
Michele Tae and a standard poodle, Zia La Rue.
Samantha (“Sam”) Wechsler has been practicing Vipassana meditation for more than 10 years. She is passionate about the intersection between contemplative practice and social justice, and seeks to integrate the two in ways that contribute to individual and collective liberation. She is the former director of Bikes Not Bombs, a non-profit organization in Boston, Massachusetts, and the founder and former director of Voces de Cambio—the first all-girls after-school program in Guatemala designed to combat racism, discrimination, and machismo through writing, photography, and other forms of creative expression. Sam currently serves as the Associate Director of the Program on Inequality & the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies, and she coaches activists who are working toward systemic, transformational change.

J. Tyson Casey began to practice meditation while reinventing himself after a work-related injury led to a differently abled life.  During a residential practice apprenticeship at Green Gulch Farm, part of San Francisco Zen Center, he met Mia Murrietta. The two were married at Green Gulch in 2009, and lay ordained there in 2011.  Tyson currently spends his time during the week at Rockwood Leadership Institute, where he oversees the National Leading from the Inside Out Yearlong Fellowship and coordinates programmatic and operational systems.  He also teaches Sustainable Leadership at Starr King School for the Ministry. Prior to Rockwood, he was the Managing Director of BPF. Tyson lives in Oakland with his wife and a middle-aged Italian Greyhound named Cosmo. 

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