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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 Seattle with her husband, daughter, two pit bulls, and an old cat.

Anchalee Kurutach was born and raised in Thailand but has lived in San Francisco since 1988. Anchalee has been involved with refugee and immigrant work for over twenty years. She taught and supervised teachers in a refugee camp in Thailand in the mid 1980s In the U.S. she was a director of a childcare training and job placement program, a domestic violence education outreach project, and a refugee resettlement and information & referral program. She also coordinated outreach education and support services for survivors of torture. Over the past few years, Anchalee has worked as a multi-language advocate for survivors of domestic violence at a battered women’s shelter in San Francisco. Anchalee is also on the executive committee of the International Network of Engaged Buddhists where grassroots organizations, groups, and individuals come together to connect and collaborate on projects and efforts for peace and justice around the world.
Chris Wilson has been practicing Buddhism since 1967, primarily in the Harada-Yasutani lineage of Zen Buddhism. He has studied under Taizan Maezumi Roshi, Genpo Merzel Roshi, Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, Robert Aitken Roshi, Joseph Bobrow Roshi, Joan Sutherland Sensei, John Tarrant Roshi, and David Weinstein Sensei. A lay practitioner and family man with four grown children, Mr. Wilson has been an attorney, investment banker and software executive. He has long been active in the U.S. civil rights movement, including work with the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 1964. He began his professional career as an Assistant Public Defender in Oakland, California. He later entered private practice, where he specialized in employment discrimination law, and served as Consulting Attorney and Trainer for the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, a national American Indian-run non-profit group. He has a JD from Yale Law School and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business Administration.

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.
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.
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.


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