Alex W. Rodríguez is a writer, organizer, educator, and trombonist working at the confluences of music, spirituality, and social transformation. A fifth-generation settler Oregonian, he is driven by a commitment to heal the generational trauma inflicted by colonialism, patriarchy, and racial capitalism by any means necessary. He holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where his research focused on jazz clubs and the communities that sustain them in Los Angeles, USA; Santiago, Chile; and Novosibirsk, Siberia. Dr. Rodríguez currently serves as Board Secretary-Treasurer for Buddhist Peace Fellowship, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting Dharma to our current political moment, and is a Worker-Owner of Catalyst Cooperative Healing. He has also trained in Deep Listening through the Center for Deep Listening and is deepening his practice in consent-based governance through Sociocracy for All, where he serves as Leader of the Bylaws Circle.