It gives me great pleasure to announce that our search is over and that Ryan Wong will be stepping into the new full-time position of Administrative Director at Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC).
Many of you know Ryan already so it may be somewhat redundant for me to sing his praises, but please indulge me…
Professionally, Ryan brings with him a wealth of non-profit experience from other organizations, including the Asian American Writers Workshop and Kundiman, where he served as managing director from 2015 to 2017. He has also practiced at BZC since 2014 (and for over two years at Ancestral Heart). During that time, he served as shika (guest manager) at both temples and most recently as Kosen Sensei’s jisha, a role where his devotion and attention to detail were on full display. In addition, Ryan serves as a co-facilitator of the Undoing Patriarchy group and also co-chairs BZC‘s Ethics Committee, where he was instrumental in drafting our first grievance policy.
I had the pleasure of practicing and working alongside Ryan at Ancestral Heart for the past year and a half, and I got to witness his deepening practice firsthand. Whether he was greeting a guest, repairing a sink, or working on a grant proposal, he brought the same enthusiasm, care and magnanimous mind to the task.
The role of Administrative Director is actually a new one at BZC, encompassing much of what I did as a part-time director in terms of managing day-to-day operations, but including much more in a full-time position. The new AD will help ensure that BZC‘s mission of collective liberation and cultivating ethical and just relationship shines through in myriad aspects of BZC‘s organizational life, whether it be fundraising, membership or communications. I can think of no one better than Ryan to take on this new role of service to the sangha and to BZC.
It has been a joy and an honor for me to have served as director during the past three years. I leave the position older (and I hope wiser) and with a deep gratitude for this community. I look forward to continuing to practice alongside all of you in the years to come, in Brooklyn and at Ancestral Heart.
Ryan will officially start in his new role this coming Monday, April 4.
Please join me in welcoming Ryan wholeheartedly into this new role.
Ian Douglass Case