SZBA Announces Executive Director

Posted in news on October 30th, 2020

Following an extensive national search that drew 140 applicants, the Soto Zen Buddhist Association (SZBA) Board of Directors has hired Alison Miller as its first Executive Director effective October 26, 2020.

“Alison’s experience and success in fund development, non-profit leadership, and administration have positioned her to serve SZBA and its members at this unique time,” states Sosan Flynn, SZBA President. “With Alison’s leadership and support, SZBA is poised to provide even more value to our members, and vision, thought leadership, and advocacy in the broader Buddhist community in North America.”

Founded in 2000, SZBA serves to preserve and promote the Buddhadharma through the teaching and practice of Soto Zen Buddhism in North America; to facilitate trust, respect, communication, ethical conduct, and education among the many sanghas of Soto Zen lineages and in the wider community; and to compassionately widen the transmission of Dogen Zenji and Keizan Zenji’s practice and understanding in the Western World. SZBA’s 300 members represent a diverse array of sanghas across North America and beyond, and includes some of the leading teachers and thinkers in Soto Zen Buddhism today.

Miller holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Michigan State University, with a concentration in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change, and a B.A. in Business Administration and Finance from Alma College. She brings experience in fund development from Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and Special Olympics Michigan, where she served as Chief Development Officer. At Special Olympics, Miller was responsible for raising more than $8.2 million annually to provide support and opportunities to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Miller lives in central Michigan with her husband, Daniel. She is a devoted yoga teacher and practitioner, enjoys studying the Yoga Sutras, keeps a daily meditation practice, and is a long-distance runner.