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Larry Bye, Board Chair

Larry works as a Senior Fellow in Public Health at NORC at the University of Chicago. He leads NORC’s San Francisco office and directs health marketing/communications and policy studies. Prior to this he served as Vice President/Senior Research Director at Field Research Corporation, a San Francisco-based marketing/opinion research company (2001-2012), and as founder/CEO of Communication Sciences Group and Survey Methods Group (1985-2000), two related San Francisco-based companies specializing in health research and program development. He holds a master’s degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Minnesota.

Larry serves on the board of the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation, a national philanthropy focused on the needs of the LGBT community. He has also served on the board of the (LGBT) Movement Advancement Project, a national funder’s collaborative working to advance the cause of LGBT civil rights. He is interested in comparative religion, politics, international travel and the performing arts. He lives in San Francisco with his partner of more than 30 years, Edward Kerry.

Larry has been a Zen practitioner since the 1980s. He received lay ordination in 1999. Larry served on the Zen Center board from 2004-2010. During these years he also served as chair of the board’s development committee. He rejoined the board in June of 2013.