BDL

Co-Founder and President

Brooke D. Lavelle is the Co-Founder and President of the Courage of Care Coalition. Brooke holds a PhD in Religious Studies from Emory University, an MA in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism from Columbia University and a BA in Religion and Psychology from Barnard College. Her academic work focuses on the diversity of contemplative models for cultivating compassion and mindfulness, as well as the cultural contexts that shape the transmission, reception, and secularization of Buddhist contemplative practices in America.

Brooke was the Senior Education Consultant to Mind & Life's Ethics, Education, and Human Development Initiative and a co-developer of the Call to Care program for teachers and students. She is also trained in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), Compassionate Mind Training (CMT), and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and has taught and adapted these programs in a variety of educational and clinical settings.

Her diverse experience in delivering contemplative programs in various social service contexts led her to deepen her understanding of the structural and systemic contributors or inhibitors to realizing compassion and care. Brooke’s work now focuses on the intersection between contemplative practice and social justice.

Brooke founded a compassion and equity learning community in the Bay Area and is a member of the Initiative for Contemplation, Equity and Action (ICEA). She serves on the Board of the Foundation for Active Compassion and also as a consultant to the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University and the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) at UC Berkeley. Brooke now resides in the Bay Area and travels regularly to lead compassion-focused workshops and retreats at home and abroad.