Rande Gail Brown, LCSW, was a founding board member and formerly the Executive Director of the Tricycle Foundation, publisher of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, America’s leading Buddhist magazine. With a degree in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, Rande lived for many years in Japan, where she was Associate Director of the International Division of the Institute for Religion and Psychology in Tokyo. Upon returning to the U.S., she founded East West Communications, a leading force in cross-cultural programming between Japan and the United States for over 20 years. A well-known translator of Japanese spiritual and cultural texts, Rande co-authored the New York Times bestseller Geisha, A Life with Mineko Iwasaki (Atria, 2002). Rande is a proud graduate of the first Foundations Course of the NYZCCC (2008). Her experience as a volunteer chaplain inspired her to become a licensed psychotherapist with a specific interest in the intersection of Buddhism, spirituality, and psychology.  She is currently a candidate in the Psychoanalytic Training Program of the William Alanson White Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis & Psychology and has a private practice in Greenwich Village.