Leah Green is Founder and Executive Director of the Compassionate Listening Project. She holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Evans School at the University of Washington, where she also completed her coursework for a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies. Leah is recognized as a leader in Jewish-Palestinian reconciliation. Beginning in 1990, she led 26 training delegations to Israel and Palestine and produced three documentaries about the conflict, including Children of Abraham, and Crossing the Lines: Palestinians and Israelis Speak With the Compassionate Listening Project. Leah has also led delegations to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and co-founded the Jewish-German Compassionate Listening Project in 2002. Leah facilitates world-wide in public, private and academic settings. She is also a facilitator of Systems and Family Constellations and integrates Constellations into her trainings. Leah is a 2003 recipient of the Yoga Journal’s “Karma Yoga Award,” and was recognized by the international women’s peace organization, Peace X Peace, in 2010.
Her work has been profiled in the following books:
• Soul Stories, by Gary Zukav
• Peace In Our Lifetime, by Susan Skog
• Soul of Success: A Woman’s Guide to Authentic Power, by Jennifer Hawthorne,
• Peace, Justice and Jews: Reclaiming Our Tradition, by Stefen Merken and Murray Polner
• Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians, by Dr. Judy Kuriansky
• Love for no Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love, by Marci Shimoff
• Compassionate Listening and other Writings by Gene Knudsen Hoffman, by Anthony Manousos
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Cyndi Merritt serves as Administrative Coordinator, bringing over fifteen years of experience working in non-profit administration. Most recently she served six years with the Center for Courage and Renewal, an organization founded by Parker Palmer, whose heart-centered work parallels and complements that of The Compassionate Listening Project. Prior to that, she worked ten years for The Nature Conservancy, eight years for the University of Washington and three years as a consultant to the Seattle Parks Department. Her experience has included the management of finances, grants, databases, information systems, facilities, records and volunteers, as well as assisting with fundraising, research and writing. She also enjoys being a lifetime volunteer for progressive causes.