I worked for thirty years for public policy think tanks, primarily in the area of K-12 education policy, because I believed that schools were one of the institutions still alive and vital to the inner city and minority community. My work in education reform has taken me to the California legislature, to Washington D.C., to schools in the inner cities of Oakland and Richmond, and finally to Iraq, where I worked with the US government to rebuild the Iraqi Ministry of Education.
I have been a seeker of freedom and happiness all my life. Although my professional career was exciting and rewarding, I believe that true happiness and the freedom to pursue it will come to me spiritually.
I am actively involved with my children and grandchildren, all now near me in Berkeley (so lucky)!
I have a spiritual teacher (it's complicated) but not particularly important
I am recently retired and trying to decide what I will do when I grow up! People of my generation (Baby-Boomers) are a huge bulge in the demographics in this country. The 55+ generation has much to contribute (and a long life ahead to be able to do so) to their community and nation. I want to work with some of the organizations that can mobilize this important but often neglected sector.
I am also able now to turn my writing and research skills to creative writing and am writing a novel. And I am continuing my life long seeking to be free and happy!
I love good independent and foreign movies. My favorite all time movie is 400 BLows (Trauffaut). My favorite musicians are Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, and Ry Cooder.
I enjoy food but need to watch my diet carefully.
My spiritual teacher
Books (hope they keep public libraries open)
My sense of humor