I am a retired social entrepreneur, community organizer, and meditation teacher, as well as a father, husband, gardener, home-maker, and repairer (not necessarily in that order), in Oakland, CA.
I co-founded the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, in 2006. In a former life, I was the Founding Executive Director of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR), co-founder of Washington Peace Action (now defunct), and of Cafe Flora, in Seattle, WA in the 1980's and 1990's.
When I was a teenager, my family moved to France, where I attended a French high school, became fluent in French, and completed three years of French medical school (while passing as French), before moving back to the U.S. to attend the University of Washington Medical School.
I left a prospective medical career aside after my third year of American medical school, the year I was introduced to both social justice activism through WPSR and meditation through Ram Dass.
Ever since, my life has been a journey bringing together spirituality and social change. Lately, it is as a mindful climate warrior. I have made a vow that on my deathbed, I will be able to tell my son that I did everything in my power to leave him a liveable world.