Below are listed the Staff members of the East Bay Meditation Center.
Cassandra Shaylor is an activist, attorney, and artist based in Oakland. She is the co-founder and former co-director of Justice Now and a co-founder of Critical Resistance, both abolitionist organizations focused on dismantling the prison industrial complex and building a world without prisons. Her academic and written work has focused on issues of women in prison, abolition, and the intersections of race, sexuality, gender, and punishment. Over the past few years she has been a fundraising and communications consultant for a range of social justice and environmental justice groups, and she is currently developing her skills as a metal smith.
Tye Kirk, Bookkeeper
Tye Kirk has been a full time bookkeeper and business consultant since early 2007, assisting local businesses, nonprofits and families to be more mindful in their financial affairs. He is an avid meditator, writer and community organizer. Currently, Tye works in the Bay Area worker cooperative and credit union movements, looking to stabilize community access to resources through micro-lending, worker-owned enterprises and small business assistance. Tye discovered EBMC through his involvement in community organizing and nonviolent social justice work. He participated in the Kingian nonviolence trainings at the Center and worked alongside EBMC leaders to promote nonviolent social change in the East Bay. He works part-time as an independent contractor for EBMC.
Sarah Kurhajetz, Development Assistant
Sarah Kurhajetz holds a MA in International Service from the University of Roehampton in London. Her studies at the University of Roehampton focused primarily on learning the skills necessary to manage non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries. Through this program, she had the opportunity to both live and work in Kingston, Jamaica and London, England. With extensive experience in fundraising and volunteer management, Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge to the nonprofit sector. Before joining the staff at EBMC, Sarah served as Manager of Planning and Development at the Women's Cancer Resource Center. Her role as Development Assistant at EBMC allows her to combine her passion for social justice and community building with her passion for fundraising.
Mahogany Moton, Event Manager
Mahogany Moton has more than fifteen years experience in events and administrative management. Her expertise ranges from managing trade-show exhibits to coordinating corporate and private events. In addition, Mahogany is involved in working with the local Bay Area arts and music scene and has sponsored and worked with artists and musicians to realize their artistic vision through events and performances. Mahogany joined EBMC in 2010 as the volunteer back-up supplies coordinator and joined the staff in Nov 2011 as Event Management Intern. In February 2012 Mahogany was promoted to Event Manager.
Max Airborne, Volunteer Coordinator
Max Airborne began sitting at EBMC in 2007, and soon after began coordinating the EBMC Alphabet Sangha. She was a member of EBMC's first Commit to Dharma program in 2009, and in 2010 joined the EBMC Leadership Sangha. Max is a musician and community builder with interests in social justice of all kinds, especially disability justice, fat liberation, antiracism, queer liberation, and exploring how to create the conditions necessary for authentic diversity and liberation for all beings.
Shenaaz Janmohamed, People of Color Sitting Group Coordinator Intern
Shenaaz Janmohamed has committed her work to ending gender-based violence since 2004. Over the years, she has held various positions within academic, policy advocacy, state coalition, grassroots and healing organizations, shaping a broad understanding of the complexities in addressing and preventing violence within a pervasive culture of state sanctioned violence. Her work has been centered on community organizing and education, focusing on Asian and Pacific Islander, immigrant, and Muslim communities. Currently, Shenaaz works as a therapist through a psychotherapy-training program at the Women’s Therapy Center. It is through meditation practice that Shenaaz finds peace and resiliency, and feels the power of a people of color sangha.
Xiaojing Wang, Operations Coordinator
Having lived in China, Virginia, New Hampshire, and Washington, D.C., Xiaojing found her home in Oakland nine years ago and discovered another kind of home at EBMC in 2006. She volunteered as an EBMC registrar and event manager, and is a part of the Program Committee. She was also a member of EBMC’s Commit to Dharma program in 2009. Building a meditation practice led Xiaojing to her current path of studying Chinese medicine. She worked in public policy for many years and now looks forward to supporting social change through EBMC.
Founded in a celebration of diversity, the East Bay Meditation Center welcomes everyone seeking to end suffering and cultivate happiness. Our mission is to foster liberation, personal and interpersonal healing, social action, and inclusive community building. We offer mindfulness practices and teachings on wisdom and compassion from Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. Rooted in our commitment to diversity, we operate with transparent democratic governance, generosity-based economics, and environmental sustainability.