Meet The Team
Leah 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. Since 1990, she’s 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 led delegations to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and co-founded the Jewish-German Compassionate Listening Project in 2002. She is a facilitator of Systems and Family Constellations and integrates Constellations into her trainings. Leah is a past recipient of the Yoga Journal’s “Karma Yoga Award." She mentors new facilitators through the certification program and is available for coaching sessions by phone. Contact Leah for more information.
Chapters about Leah’s work are included 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
Susan is passionate about Compassionate Listening and has traveled around the world as a Global Ambassador, bringing the practice to Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Uganda, South Africa), the Americas (Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba), as well as Asia (India, including Kashmir, and Japan) plus across the US and Canada and Israel/Palestine. Susan is devoted to integrating the spiritual with social activism, building community and leadership through networking. She is a mediator, coach and seasoned facilitator for large groups and small, bringing organizations and teams into deeper connection and creativity. A former speech pathologist and teacher, Susan has an MA in Communication Disorders and worked as an Organizational Development & Training Consultant for over 30 years. She is Co-founder of Conversation Cafes, Let’s Talk America, Global Citizen Journey and Seattle Restorative Justice. She has been an essential part of Compassionate Listening from its earliest days.
Morgan aims to be a lifetime practitioner. Whether that's practicing yoga, meditation, kindness, nourishing the body, and being truly present with oneself and others. Morgan is a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in WA State and owns a home birth practice on the Kitsap Peninsula. Before midwifery school, she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan. Throughout her 4 years as an undergraduate, she worked in university development as a Student Fundraising Manager. Administrative work for the Compassionate Listening Project is her expression of service to the beautiful, powerful work the organization does. Please send questions, requests, comments, and "hello's" her way!
Munteha Shukralla came to the Compassionate Listening Project in 1998 with a background in social activism and a commitment to working for a transformed world. To that end, she has organized ecumenical peace conferences, led Compassionate Listening journeys, and worked to train and educate thousands in creating a world that works for everyone. A woman with a multicultural background and a BA in International Studies from Portland State University, Munteha has over 20 years experience in Transformational Facilitation, as well as Operations Management and Coaching. She has used both experience and knowledge to inform her interactions with peoples from all walks of life, backgrounds, disparate beliefs and circumstances. She holds that the inestimable value of the Compassionate Listening Project, the journeys, and the workshops, is that this work creates training and a space for a clearer vision and relatedness, a reality she has seen with her own eyes.