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Board Candidates

The SFZC Board has nominated the following slate of candidates for three-year Board terms beginning January 1, 2015. Click "More Info" below each statement for fuller bios.


Albert Kutchins
Albert Kutchins has been a Zen student—and a member of San Francisco Zen Center—since the mid-1980s and was shuso at Green Gulch Farm in the fall of 2012. Throughout his training, Albert has remained a householder, practicing law. He previously served on the Zen Center Board for several years in the 1990s. ...

Brian McCaffrey
I completed Establishing the Path of Practice in 2009, which was an experience that not only deepened my practice but made me want to find a way to be more deeply involved in the sangha. Consequently I enrolled in the one year Leadership Program, which gave me the opportunity to begin to understand the structure of our organization and some of the issues that we are currently facing. ...

Margie O'Driscoll
Margie O’Driscoll has a BA in Political Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in Public Management from Columbia University. Prior to joining AIA San Francisco, she held senior leadership positions in the Mayor’s Office and in philanthropy. Margie has been a writer in residence at Headland Center for the Arts and has taught at Stanford University and San Francisco State University. In 2009, she was voted “Executive of the Year” by her colleagues at CACE (other AIA chapters).
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Jisan Anna Thorn
I live at Green Dragon Temple and am the current Guest Program Manager at Green Gulch. Born and raised in Germany I graduated from college as a teacher for German literature and politics. I also graduated as a metal designer from an Arts and Craft College in Cologne and had a career as a jewelry designer in the '80s. ...

Jon Voss
I'm the Strategic Partnerships Director at We Are What We Do, a global not-for-profit behavior change agency. I'm helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide through my work with our Historypin project and as the co-founder of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museum Summit. I lead Historypin's US projects, creating innovative ways for people to build community around local history. ...