Ian has been a student at Brooklyn Zen Center since its inception in 2005. During this time he has taken on various administrative and practice roles at the center, including serving for six and a half years as Ino (head of the meditation hall). He was in residence for 15 months at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 2015-2016 and was ordained as a priest by Teah Strozer in October 2016. Ian holds an MA in Linguistics from the City University of New York and is now pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at Union Theological Seminary. He is a BZC co-founder and an emeritus Board member.
Dulce has a background in journalism and political science and has worked as a photojournalist, nuclear abolition activist and human rights campaigner. Originally from Portugal, she has lived in Brooklyn since 2002, and is interested in the intersections of collective healing and social justice.