Robyn Brentano
Executive Director, The Garrison Institute

Robyn Brentano is the Executive Director of the Garrison Institute which has been a pioneering force in spreading contemplative practices into mainstream society.

She has also served as the Executive Director of The Tibet Fund, which supports humanitarian aid, education, health and economic development programs that sustain Tibetan culture and national identity. While she was VP for Special Projects at Healing the Divide, a public charity founded by Richard Gere, she managed an arts revitalization program in Tibet, a health care project for destitute Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns, and an initiative to support Israeli and Palestinian grassroots peace organizations.

At the New York Association for New Americans, one of the nation’s largest refugee resettlement and immigrant services organizations, she served as VP for Development, overseeing fundraising for the agency’s education, employment, microenterprise, legal services, citizenship, domestic violence and substance abuse programs.

In addition to organizational and program development and fundraising, Ms. Brentano has directed documentary and experimental dance films, and produced visual and performing arts programs for Tibet House New York, the Meridian Trust London, the Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and many other organizations.