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Dawn Haney, Co-Director

Dawn Haney brings her passions for social justice, good non-profit management, and the dharma to her role as Co-Director for BPF. During her three-year 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. She led the organization’s shift from a primarily white women’s agency to one that applied an anti-oppression lens to ending sexual violence, re-centering the work in the lives of people most marginalized in the community.

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. As an active sangha member of the Durango Dharma Center, she managed the first residential retreat for the center’s Next Generation group for meditators in their 20s and 30s. It was on retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center with socially-engaged Buddhist teachers Joanna Macy, Donald Rothberg, and Lawrence Ellis that Dawn decided to move from Colorado to the Bay Area to better explore the intersection of social activism and Buddhism.

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Katie Loncke, Co-Director

Katie Loncke, born in Sacramento, California, and now living in Oakland, is the curly granddaughter of Negros and Jewish refugees. She believes in the possibility of enough food, water, shelter, clothing, health care, and education for everyone. She started organizing in high school as a straight ally with a Lesbian Gay Straight Alliance, and currently organizes around social and economic issues with a group led by Latin American immigrant socialists.  Following her graduation from Harvard, the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center offered Katie a warm, life-altering introduction to Buddhism. Her writing on Buddhism and politics has appeared in The Jizo Chronicles, The Buddhist Channel, make/shift magazine, Flip Flopping Joy, and Feministe, as well as here on Turning Wheel Media.

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