Candi Martinez Carthen
Event and Program Director

Programming, HR Committee, Event Coordination, Publicity, Marketing & Outreach, Graphic Design

Candi Martinez is a native Californian with over twenty years of experience in professional Event Production, Artistic Curation and Publicity. Her passion is curating events that serve as platforms to celebrate cultural heritage, promote social justice and foster community. In 2012, she was introduced to East Bay Meditation Center's POC meditation group and decided to become part of EBMC's beloved sangha. Her hobbies include volunteering, surfing, yoga and cooking.

email: Candi at eastbaymeditation dot org

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Cassandra Shaylor
Development Director

Fundraising and Development

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.

email: Cassandra at eastbaymeditation dot org

Jen Woodfork
Event Coordinator

Event Management & Programs

Jen is an avid meditator and certified yoga teacher from Sacramento, CA. She is passionate about teaching holistic healing modalities to marginalized and disenfranchised communities as a means to overcoming related stress, depression and anxiety. In 2013 while a student at UC Berkeley, she found a home at EBMC where she attended weekly POC Sangha sessions and occasionally participated in weekend workshops. It was at EBMC that she found a safe, serene and inclusive community focusing on healing which allowed her to grow in her spiritual development and love for meditation.

email: jena at eastbaymeditation dot org

Layle Omeran
Development and Fundraising Coordinator

Friends of EBMC monthly donors, Season of Gratitude, Gift Economics

Layle is a migrant music artist and cultural facilitator who is dedicated to finding community at the intersections of language, spiritual practice, and identity. A founder and member of several artistic collectives that create within the context of gender and cultural identity, Layle’s work centers the search for authentic connection to the self and to the collective as means of resistance. A student and a teacher of Arabic music, Layle’s relationship to mystical sound practices facilitates their meditative practice. In 2019, Layle was introduced to EBMC as they moved to the Bay Area, and deeply resonated with the spiritual and political alignment of the space as it quickly became a refuge of practice and community for them.  

email: layle at eastbaymeditation dot org

Mushim (Patricia) Ikeda
Community Director

Communications & Outreach, Volunteer Coordination, Human Resources, Radical Inclusivity, Shared Leadership

Mushim has a background in both monastic and lay Buddhist practice and is also one of EBMC's core teachers. A well-known socially-engaged Buddhist writer and racial justice activist, Mushim also works as an independent Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consultant. At EBMC, she loves to encourage leadership development and spiritual friendship among our many volunteers, and she plays an active role in EBMC's Communications and outreach and on the HR team. She’s also a member of the Radical Inclusivity Committee and the Shared Leadership Committee. www.mushimikeda.com

email: Mushim at eastbaymeditation dot org

Rebecca Selin
Finance and HR Director

Finance, HR Committee

Rebecca Selin is a perpetual student and aspiring accountant motivated by community-oriented projects that challenge capitalist narratives of profit and power. A learner of Javanese music, and Indonesian language translator, Rebecca has worked extensively in coordinating and fundraising for international artist exchange programs- most recently with Gamelan Sekar Jaya in Berkeley. She has degrees in geology and Southeast Asian studies, and currently studies accounting at Laney College. When she isn’t magicking data, Rebecca can be found bicycling around Oakland, admiring rocks, or creating vegan treats.

email: Rebecca at eastbaymeditation dot org

wei li king
Operations and IT Director

wei li king (they/he) is a student of life that loves to connect dots and create opportunities for connection with community and land. Before joining EBMC to lead Operations and IT, wei li was building the decentralized web and has 7 years of work experience in technology sector as an engineer and program manager. Concern for hypergrowth and individualism from corporate capitalism pushed wei li's path towards ancestral healing, creative inquiry and engaged Buddhism - where they are actively finding a spiritual service through the Indigenous Land Back movement. wei li is currently a resident at Mangalam Center for Buddhist Research and completed a 300 hour/year long Kum Nye Tibetan Yoga program led by the Nyingma Institute.

Xiaojing Wang
Programs & Finance Director

Programs, Finance; HR; Technology, Admin for Ethics, Reconciliation and Resolution Council

Xiaojing discovered a spiritual home at EBMC after attending the first Introduction to Meditation class for People of Color in 2006. She was also a member of EBMC’s first Commit to Dharma program in 2009. Prior to joining EBMC's staff, Xiaojing organized in D.C. Chinatown for immigrant healthcare access, and worked as a policy advocate for the Health Initiative of the Americas and the City of Oakland. As a licensed acupuncturist, Xiaojing also practices Chinese medicine.

email: Xiaojing at eastbaymeditation dot org