J. Tyson Casey

Visiting Assistant Professor of Leadership and Movements

Adjunct Faculty, Faculty

Leadership is an action that anyone can practice. My vision is to cultivate just, equitable, and sustainable societies through an approach to learning and teaching that incorporates experiential, academic, somatic, and participatory methods. This vision has nourished over two decades of partnerships with interfaith and secular justice leaders, communities, and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, North Carolina, and Florida.

Most Mondays through Thursdays, you can find me conspiring (literally, breathing together) with leaders at Rockwood Leadership Institute, where I manage and support curriculum, partnerships, and fellowships. Prior to Rockwood, I was the managing director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF), and I currently serve as BPF’s board president.

In 2010, I graduated from Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM), completing the MASC program in Religious Leadership for Social Change. While a student, my focus was on learning and teaching collaboration, sustainability, and organizational change that prioritize diversity and equity – a focus I continue to hold.

My work incorporates a variety of techniques and approaches in which I have trained, including: somatic coaching, group-decision making and consensus building, facilitation, conflict transformation, time and energy management, taiji, qigong, zazen, collaboration, biomimicry, self-care, and non-profit management.

My research interests include social change leadership and movements, liberatory practices and approaches to organizational change, non-hierarchical and natural systems, participatory governance, interlocking systems of domination, political economy, Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity.  My writings have appeared in Turning Wheel and Seeds of Peace, and I have contributed to curricula for a variety of organizations, institutions, and community groups.

In 2006, while reinventing myself after a disability, I began to practice meditation.  During a residential practice apprenticeship at Green Gulch Farm, part of San Francisco Zen Center, I met Mia Murrietta. We were married at Green Gulch in 2009, and lay ordained there in 2011.  Our home is in Oakland with Cosimo, our Italian Greyhound.