J. Tyson Casey

Assistant Professor of Leadership and Movements CMRS Faculty, Faculty


BA, Sociology, Appalachian State University
MASC, Starr King School for the Ministry

Leadership Along the Way
Type: Online, Synchronous
Units: 3
Community Intern Reflection
Type: Online, Synchronous
Units: 1
Advanced Topics in Dharma and Leadership
Type: Online, Synchronous
Units: 1.5 or 3
MASC - Spring
Type: Asynchronous, Online
Units: 0.5-3


Tyson Casey is a professional coach, facilitator, and educator whose work centers on a simple truth: leadership is an action anyone can practice.

Before graduating in 2010 from Starr King School for the Ministry’s Master of Arts in Social Change (MASC) program, Tyson solidified his vision to cultivate just, equitable, accessible, and regenerative communities – where power is dispersed, where agency is exercised, where informed consent is the status quo.

Through staff, board, contractor, and advisory positions with organizations from the local to international scale, Tyson refined his vision and methods in a wide variety of settings, from corporate and nonprofit organizations to small group and one-on-one coaching.

To create conditions for this vision, he employs academic, experiential, participatory, and somatic methods, influenced by these interrelated research and practice areas.


Biomimicry, Buddhism, Christianity, epistemology, ethics, historical sociology, language, logic, ontology, pedagogy, political economy, social change movements, social ecology, strategy and tactics, and Taoism.


Bias, curriculum design and delivery, decision-making, interlocking patterns of domination and liberation, leadership, learning, paradox, and performance.


Change communications, collaborative visioning, conflict transformation, consensus building, education, governance, assessment and evaluation, and mutual aid.


Breath, energy management, qigong, regeneration, perception, and Taiji.

Tyson’s writing has been published in Perspectives, Seeds of Peace, St. Petersburg Times, The Fuse, Turning Wheel, and Tikkun.

In addition to his professional work, Tyson is a dedicated Kado practitioner, avid science fiction reader, and continual learner. He lives on sandy loam land in the unceded, ancestral terrain of the Yokuts, within the municipality of Fresno, CA with his spouse and their lionhead rabbits.