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
Lindsay Christensen came to The Compassionate Listening Project with a background in mediation and conflict transformation and a commitment to working toward a more just and peaceful world. Fascinated by what connects and divides us, she utilizes the principles of Compassionate Listening to help communities, businesses, and nonprofits heal their internal cultural rifts, open lines of communication, and move through conflict toward understanding.
Her work in Compassionate Listening has informed her understanding of the myriad ways in which our values give rise to behaviors—the building blocks of relationship and human endeavor. Her areas of focus include restorative justice, emotional literacy, power and influence, creating community across difference, and identifying and shifting power imbalances in relationships, from the interpersonal to the systemic.