Board of Directors
Co-Founder and Director
Margaret is Co-Founder and Co-Director of The Engaged Buddhist Alliance (EBA), an endeavor that allows her to integrate her experience in Fortune 500 management, her skill as an award-winning instructor and her desire to promote compassionate behavior.
Venerable De Hong
Ven. De is an adjunct professor at the University of the West. He’s one of the co-founders of the Engaged Buddhist Alliance and has volunteered in several state prisons in California teaching mindfulness meditation and Buddhist psychology. Ven. De has been a Buddhist monk since 2006 from the Vietnamese and Chinese Pure Land Tradtion. He was also ordained in the Burmese’s Theravada Tradition of the Mahasi Lineage since 2014. De graduated with an MA in Buddhist Studies and will graduate with a Ph. D. in Buddhist Studies in May 2015 from University of the West.
Mark Scott is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor who has worked in the field of substance use disorders since 1984. Currently, he works as a substance abuse professional (SAP) with employees who test positive for alcohol or drugs providing assessments, treatment plans, and follow-up interviews.
John Brown operates an investigations and consulting firm in Los Angeles, with a focus on criminal defense and alternatives to incarceration. He has worked in this field for 38 years. During that time, he has visited with thousands of prisoners in municipal, county, state and federal penal institutions. He has seen countless men and women work very hard to successfully rehabilitate themselves behind bars, yet still have to serve additional years of imprisonment for offenses that are often non-violent and victimless. These experiences have led him to believe strongly in alternatives to prison for all but the most serious and dangerous offenders.