Stephen DeBerry makes investments in companies that align strong financial returns with positive social impact. He is the Chief Investment Officer at Kapor Enterprises and the founder of Bronze Investments which provides mission-aligned asset management to foundation endowments and high net worth individuals. He is a Trustee and member of the investment committee at The California Endowment, a board member of the Association of Marshall Scholars and Chairman of Friends of New Orleans. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with highest honors from UCLA as well as a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and an MBA from Oxford University. He is a Marshall Scholar and a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.
James R. Doty, M.D. (Chairman of the Board of Directors) is a Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University. In addition to being a neurosurgeon, he is also an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He has given support to a number of charitable organizations including Children as the Peacemakers, Global Healing and Family & Children Services. These charities support a variety of programs throughout the world including those for HIV/AIDS support, blood banks and medical care in third world countries and peace initiatives. Most recently, he founded CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research) working with both the Stanford Neurosciences Institute and the Stanford Tibetan Studies Initiative examining the neural basis for compassion and altruism. He is also the Chairman of the Dalai Lama Foundation Board of Directors.
Tony Hoeber has held senior positions at Sun Microsystems, GO Corporation, and Software Publishing Corporation in the course of his 30-year career in Silicon Valley. He has co-founded a number of companies, including Digital Paper and IQ Commerce, and holds a number of software patents. He was a co-founder of the Dalai Lama Foundation and served as its Executive Director on a volunteer basis from 2001 – 2007.
Thupten Jinpa Langri is Adjunct Professor at McGill University (Montreal), and Principal (English) translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Lharam Geshe (equiv. Doctorate in Divinity) from Ganden monastic university, India. He is also a Research Assistant in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. Thupten Jinpa has been a member of Mind and Life Institute, Colorado, USA, since 1987, and a senior scholarly consultant on contemplative studies. He is the founding board member of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, Montreal, and has served as its president and the general editor for The Library of Tibetan Classics series since 1999. He is also on the board of Trustees of The Camellia Foundation, UK, the advisory board of The Orient Foundation, U.K., the Meridian Trust, U.K. and of the Global Ethics and Religion Forum, Chapman University, USA.
Darlene Markovich is a member of the Board of Directors, and President of The Dalai Lama Foundation. As a strategic human resources and corporate communications leader, she currently works with Kreddha, International — focused on intra-nation conflict resolution, mediation and research; Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago — as Advisory Board Member; Committee of 100 for Tibet — as Advisory Board Member (and former President). She also founded The Missing Peace Project (tmpp.org and tmpbox.org) — an international art exhibition and education project that touched tens of thousands of people around the world. She was an executive at ALZA Corporation/Johnson&Johnson where she was Sr. Director, Human Resources/Corporate Communications and Community Relations.
Michael McCullough, MD is a Partner at Capricorn Healthcare and Special Opportunities and part-time practicing ER physician at Stanford and UCSF affiliated hospitals. Previously, Michael was an operating partner with Capricorn Investment Group. Prior to this, Michael was a partner at Headwaters Capital Partners with Managing Partner John Stevens, and long-term advisor to healthcare-oriented venture funds (e.g., Venrock and NanoDimension), and start-up companies (e.g., eCullet, 2Tor, Vocera and HealthLoop). Michael was Co-Founder and President for RegenMed Systems, a marrow and stem-cell harvesting company. Michael was elected a Kauffman Fellow by the Center for Venture Education in 2009 and an Ashoka Fellow in 2004 as a leading American Social Entrepreneur, having founded or co-founded eight successful national and international non-profit organizations including QuestBridge, KaeMe, The Global Leadership Incubator, S.C.O.P.E., BeAGoodDoctor.Org, Happiness Science, and the Courage Project as well as clinical internships in Nepal, Dharamsala and Honduras. Michael earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, Phi Beta Kappa, in Human Biology, focusing on Neuroscience and Political Science. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar and attended Balliol College, Oxford, studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics and obtaining a Masters degree in Diagnostic Imaging. He holds an MD from the University of California, San Francisco and completed an Emergency Medicine residency at the Stanford Hospital. Michael remains a part-time Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UCSF.
Jim Schuyler, PhD (“Sky”) is a computer scientist who focuses on computer-human interaction and communication. Over the course of 10 years in university research, beginning as a faculty member at Northwestern University, he created several broadly-used computer-based education and online conferencing systems. As a life-long entrepreneur, he has been founder or co-founder of a dozen software ventures, several in online education, and currently invests much of his time in the online security aspects of defending human rights and free speech. His company, Red7, currently builds innovative software for online applications. As pro-bono CTO of The Dalai Lama Foundation from 2003 through 2009, he planned, developed and operated many novel online and mixed-mode features. He was a member of our team that, in conjunction with the Metta Center, developed the Educators for Nonviolence program. He built the first web sites, games and online interactive tools for board member Randy Taran’s Project Happiness. Sky is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education.
Randy Taran founded Spring Communications in 1993 to develop and produce youth-oriented television and film programming. Her most recent ventures include Project Happiness, an eductional program that transforms lives by developing social and emotional skills which are the foundation for a happy and productive life, The Peace Wall, the film Focused on Peace, and SpringBoard to Peace. These programs were developed in collaboration with other groups, including The Dalai Lama Foundation and Roots & Shoots. Randy received her MBA from New York University in Marketing & International Business.
Bonnie Thorne is the former Sr. Director of Development and Outreach for the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she worked with Dr. Richard Davidson, pioneer neuroscientist in the world of brain research with meditators from the wisdom traditions. She served as the Development Director for the Institute of Tibetan Classics, assisting Thutpen Jinpa Langri in their successful fund raising initiatives. Bonnie was the Founder of Diamond Heart Foundation of Canada, where she provided leadership and outreach for the disadvantaged and raised seed funds for hospice and palliative care initiatives. She has also served as Senior Development Director for The Impact Foundation since 2003, playing crucial roles in strategic planning, partnership and program development. Bonnie is now working with the University of British Columbia Okanagan, to steward their mindfulness initiatives at the Faculty of Education.