Linda Lantieri, MA has always considered it a great blessing that her occupation and her vocation have coincided – her professional life has also been her inner calling. She has been in the field of education for over 45 years in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. She is a Fulbright Scholar and internationally known speaker in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness in Education.
Linda is one of the co-founders and presently a Senior Program Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Teachers College teaching in a special Master’s Degree Program through the Spirituality Mind Body Institute. For the past 15 years she served as the Founding Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. Linda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children (Sounds True, 2008, 2014).
Daniel Rechtshaffen, MA, LMFT, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute. Daniel offers keynote speeches and mindfulness trainings at conferences, schools, communities, and businesses, such as University of Wisconsin Madison, Google, Esalen Institute, and schools around the globe. Daniel teaches mindfulness through music, sports, storytelling, games and other creative and engaging ways. He is inspired to utilize mindfulness to help us become more conscious, compassionate, and committed to taking care of this miraculous world we live in. He is also the director of the Mindful Education Online Training, a mindfulness and social emotional learning platform for educators.
Janice Jackson, Ed.D., is an independent education consultant with a focus on leadership and organizational change in public schools and districts, equity strategies, teaching and learning, teachers’ and principals’ professional identity, and reflective judgment of principals and teachers. Prior to her current role she was a Senior Associate with the National Equity Project. She was the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Dr. Jackson served as the Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Public Scools. She has worked in several academic positions. Her last roles were Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Senior Associate on the Wallace funded Executive Leadership Program for Educators. The initiative was a multi-year collaborative effort of the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, working with district and state superintendents and their teams to help bring high quality teaching and learning to scale. Dr. Jackson was a faculty member in the Leadership for Change Program in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Prior to coming to the Harvard Graduate School of Education she was an assistant professor at Boston College in the Lynch School of Education with a joint appoint in the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction and the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education. During the first term of the Clinton Administration she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education for the U. S. Department of Education. She also served as Acting Assistant Secretary for the same organization. Dr. Jackson has held several positions with the Milwaukee Public Schools in Wisconsin. Her last position with them was the Coordinator of School-based Management. The other positions she held were human relations coordinator, personnel analyst, and substitute teacher. Her professional career has included two positions with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee- the Director of the Office for Black Catholics and elementary school teacher. She has been a consultant on issues related to the reform of urban schools.
Hector Montenegro, Ed.D., originally from Los Angeles, is a district systems development senior advisor. He began his teaching career in San Jose, California in 1975, where he taught mathematics at the junior and senior high school levels. He later taught and was an Assistant Principal in Washington, D.C. and a Principal at both the junior high and high school levels in Virginia. He served as Chief of Staff of the Washington, D.C. Public Schools before moving to Texas, where he served as a Principal and Area Superintendent in Austin, Deputy Superintendent for instructional services in Dallas, and Superintendent of schools in San Marcos, Ysleta, and Arlington. Most recently he served as an Area Superintendent for the San Diego Public Schools. He has received numerous awards including the 2007 National Technology Savvy Superintendents Award, the 2006 Statewide Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Honoree Award for Public Education, and the 2005 National LULAC Educator of the Year award. He is past President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS).
Melody Baker is the Senior Program Coordinator for the Amplify Fund, a national pooled grantmaking program designed to build power and elevate the decision-making role of communities of color and low-income communities in regional and local development. Melody joined NFG in August 2018 after serving as Deputy Director of Programs at The Inner Resilience Program (project of Tides), a national nonprofit focused on cultivating the inner lives of students, teachers and school communities. Previously, Melody served as the Director of Grantmaking and Capacity Building at the Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO) and as a Program Officer at the Hazen Foundation. In both roles she supported multi-issue, youth-led, community organizing programs focused on racial, gender, educational and environmental justice. Across her professional experience, which includes seven years managing design and production in the jewelry industry, Melody has developed deep project management skills. She is grounded in collaborative grantmaking systems and practice and has managed multi-stakeholder projects and programs. She holds a BA in African American Studies and Sociology from Wesleyan University.
Peter Bonanno, Ed.M., is an independent consultant whose focus is on making contemplative practices broadly accessible through the intersection of learning design, contemplative practice experience, scientific rigor, and organizational models for large-scale delivery of transformative experiences. He has been a founding team member in six different organizations within the fields of education, mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and transformative leadership. Peter has designed and taught programs around the world for diverse organizations including the United Nations, Google, the US Navy, the American Red Cross, the government of Dubai, Cleveland Clinic, and the Bhutanese Ministry of Education. As a founding team member of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, he designed a train-the-trainer program that built a global network of over 750 certified trainers, reaching tens of thousands of participants with in-depth workshops. He has written and presented mindfulness-based trainings for the apps Simple Habit and Balance, with over 250,000 listens. Peter's current personal project, “The Book of Awe,” is a unique visual introduction to contemplative practices, and is set to be published in 2020. He lives in Oakland, California.