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Katie Loncke, Co-Director

Katie Loncke (they/them or she/her) has served as a Co-Director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship since 2012, and is honored to advance the brilliant anti-oppression work of Buddhists and friends.

Katie’s movement education merges many streams — from cybermillennials to old-school Luddite bibliophiles, shop-floor organizers, politicized healers, and oral historians. Her learning and training owe a great and still-accruing debt to multiple, sometimes overlapping communities — including the revolutionary theory and action of sick and disabled, queer and trans feminists of color; Black nationalism and post-nationalism; indigenous protectors of land, life, and culture; as well as working-class socialists, ecosocialists and anarchists inside and outside the U.S.

In recent years, Katie’s social justice journey has included helping to win a million dollar lawsuit against a police department; fighting wage theft, jail expansion, and gentrification; assisting climbers in physically blockading a Shell Oil ship to increase the costs of Arctic drilling; pushing to drop racist charges against the Black Friday 14; sending care packages in feminist solidarity; supporting indigenous-led decolonization efforts from Standing Rock to Sogorea Te’; and continuously asking how to lead a life of service that can lovingly overturn the status quo.

After a childhood of “arrogant atheism,” Katie was fortunate to get over herself enough to begin investigating Buddhist practice, and start learning how to be free from suffering. Soon this inquiry led to chopping lots of pears and cucumbers while serving lay students at a residential dharma retreat center outside of Barcelona. Katie has since studied and practiced for nearly 10 years in a Theravada / Vipassana / Insight lineage, orbiting among S.N. Goenka centers, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and the East Bay Meditation Center, seeking affordable, multicultural, progressive and accessible practice.

Katie has more questions than answers, but that’s okay since they love questions.

You can email them at katie@bpf.org

Dawn Haney, Co-Director, at an environmental justice march in Richmond, CA (photo credit: aneeta mitha)

Since joining the BPF team in July 2011, Dawn Haney has upgraded BPF’s strategy and operations, strengthening Buddhist-informed activism in social movements from Occupy to environmental justice to Black Lives Matter. She was promoted to Co-Director in April 2012, and has co-led BPF’s training initiatives: The System Stinks, BPF’s 2014 National Gathering, and Dharma + Direct Action trainings.

During her previous tenure as Executive Director of Sexual Assault Services Organization, a rape crisis center in Durango, Colorado, her proudest achievements included reaching ambitious fundraising goals to expand services to survivors and build a new community organizing program focused on building power in immigrant communities to fight sexual violence.

After years of reading Buddhists like Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh, Dawn’s social justice work brought her to the meditation cushion with a desire to be stronger and more resilient in her work to heal trauma and oppression. Dawn is currently in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Community Dharma Leaders training program, and a sangha member of East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, California.

Email Dawn at dawn@bpf.org

 

Nathan Thompson, Development and Communications Associate

Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Nathan Thompson is writer, herbalist, educator, practitioner. He is passionate about urban agriculture and food forest development, racial justice work, and gift based, community centric healing initiatives.
Prior to moving to the Bay Area in 2015, Nathan was a member of Clouds in Water Zen Center in St. Paul for well over a decade, and served as the Chair of sangha’s board of directors for five years. In addition, he co-founded an adult education non-profit (FIRE School), an online literary magazine (Midway Journal), and worked in a variety of educational settings as a teacher or support instructor.

During the summer and fall of 2013, he served as the guest editor for Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s online magazine Turning Wheel, and is excited to return in a more full-time capacity. When not at BPF, Nathan might be found making herbal medicine, tending to the plants in the little food forest in Albany, CA’s Memorial Park, or out hiking and biking in the Bay Area.

Email Nathan at Nathan@bpf.org.

LiZhen Wang, Network Coordinator

LiZhen Wang spent their childhood in Taipei, New York, and New Jersey, with their mother’s Buddhist altar at the center of every home. As an organizer for racial and economic justice, LiZhen has led campaigns targeting NJ’s biggest utility company to pay its security officers a living wage, fighting the Providence Police Department’s use of gang injunctions against  youth, and most dear to their heart, mobilizing their own workplaces to win just conditions, so that nonprofits can practice what they preach.

They are also a sometimes spiritual counselor who integrates astrology, sacred sexuality, and bodywork into their practice. In addition to organizing and divining, they have also made dough as a nanny, secretary, and professional humiliatrix. They are humbled, grateful, and expanded by it all.

Email LiZhen at lizhen@bpf.org

Kate Johnson, Training & Education Programs (photo credit: Izzy Wilder Studios)

Kate Johnson is a lifetime dancer, a longtime educator and meditator, and an emerging organizer and process queen.  

Before joining BPF in January 2017 to co-create online programs integrating Buddhadharma and social justice education, she served as a Transformational Activism Coordinator at The Interdependence Project NYC, where she helped organize meditation communities to participate in fair wages and climate justice campaigns. In addition to her work at BPF, Kate teaches meditation and mindful movement workshops for people of all ages, and facilitates awareness-based embodied approaches to anti-oppression training in schools, businesses and organizations.
Kate is a current trainee in Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s four year program for Buddhist meditation retreat teachers, having completed Spirit Rock/IMS Community Dharma Leader program. She earned a BFA in Dance from The Alvin Ailey School/Fordham University, and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU.  Her first book, Friendship As Freedom: Mindful Practices for Resisting Oppression and Building Community, will be published by Parallax Press in spring 2018.

Email Kate at kate@bpf.org

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