Previous board memberships include the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, a professional association for design, and the Society of Typographic Aficionados, an international organization dedicated to the typographic arts and design education. Community work has included service as president for the Bernal Heights East and South Slope Improvement Committee for neighborhood life/safety issues, and as a Bernal Heights Dogpatch Garden Committee member offering outreach and stewardship for over 15 years. Piper currently volunteers at Laguna Honda’s Pain Clinic.
Piper began sitting on the cushion during a 2004 work period at Tassajara. Since then, she has followed a path of Zen lay practice at SFZC’s three temples and Empty Nest Zendo in North Fork, CA. She received Jukai from Myōan Grace Schireson in 2007.