About Hidden Leaf

Staff & Board

Tara Brown directs Hidden Leaf Foundation. After ten years working in international community development, Tara began her work for transformational social change with a Masters Degree in Integral Anthropology (focusing on Ecology and Social Change). For six years, she then directed the Institute for Deep Ecology, which articulates a mind/body/spirit worldview addressing many of today’s pressing social and environmental quandaries. Tara’s current passions include surfing and parenting her 20-year-old son.

Karie Brown has devoted her career to economic and social justice.  Karie is the co-VP of Programs for Comic Relief Inc., a new US fundraising and grantmaking institution that runs Red Nose Day, which is working to end child poverty in the US and around the world.  Prior to this role, through KB Consulting, Karie worked with nonprofit organizations and progressive foundations to promote effective philanthropy and social change programs.  Over the course of fourteen years with a range of clients, she provided guidance in strategic planning, program design and organizational development as well as individual and team coaching for staff and board leadership development. Prior to her consulting practice, Karie was the Director of Programs for Tides Foundation, a donor-advised grantmaking institution based in San Francisco; the Director of Programs for Katalysis North/South Development Partnership; and the first Executive Director for International Development Exchange.  Karie has a Masters degree in regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford.  She currently serves as a trustee for Hidden Leaf Foundation, Yoga Dana Foundation, California Yoga Teachers Alliance and Reynolds & Brown Corporation.  She is a dedicated yoga practitioner and an occasional yoga teacher.  She derives much sustenance from nature and her three grown children.

Kristen Stinnett-Brown graduated from Stanford University in 1989 receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology with an emphasis on Environmental Science and Policy. Since then she has worked for a number of outdoor and environmental organizations, including the National Wildlife Federation, the Environmental Law Foundation, San Mateo Outdoor Education School, and Outward Bound. With Pacific Crest Outward Bound, Kristen served as a wilderness instructor for five years and then as Associate Program Director of the Oregon & Idaho Programs for four years. Most recently, she directed Project Management for Plan It Solar, a locally-owned solar company based in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Kristen has been dedicated to inner reflection since her early 20’s, deeply engaging in practices guided by organizations such as Temenos and Diamond Heart and on her own through yoga and nature.

Jenny George serves as Hidden Leaf’s program coordinator. She holds a B.A. in Human Ecology and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Alongside her work in transformative social change, she is also a poet. She has been with Hidden Leaf since 2010.



The true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love.

—Che Guevera