Founder and Senior Fellow: Rev. angel Kyodo Williams

Dubbed “the most vocal and most intriguing African-American Buddhist in America,” by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams is a maverick spiritual teacher, adviser and friend to many. She is the founder of Center for Transformative Change and the author of the critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace, which has been hailed as “a classic” by Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield, and “an act of love” by novelist Alice Walker. williams is a social visionary that sees Transformative Social Change: applying inner awareness practice to broad-based social change, as America’s next great movement. Calling for a paradigm shift that “changes the way change is done,” angel envisions the building of a presence-centered social justice movement as the foundation for personal freedom, a just society and the healing of divisions of race, class, faith and politic. She notes, “Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”

Her work engages at the root, field and resource levels of social transformation. angel sits on the boards of organizations that are deeply invested in applying socially transformative theories of change including: Social Justice Leadership; Forest Ethics; and Seasons Fund for Social Transformation, and previously YES! and Seeds of Justice.

Her work has been widely covered, including in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Ms., Essence, Village Voice and on the Oxygen Channel. More information can be found at