Board of Directors
Devon Bates Beckett (Shahana Naja) developed her expertise in marketing, communications, research and project management through progressively senior roles in local and state governments, tele-communications, museums, service learning, and environmental and educational non-profits. Devon’s wide range of experience has led her to a deeper understanding of complex legal, environmental, political, economic and social interdependencies. Highly intuitive, analytical and imaginative, she holds a Master of Science degree in social psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz; she is an ordained UCM minister and a continuing Sufi student. Currently, Devon provides consulting services in strategic planning, writing, editing and events.
Robert Corman is president of Applied Concepts. In this role, he supports executives committed to whole systems thinking, helps facilitate dialogue, and provides executive coaching to nonprofit leaders and boards. Previously, Robert led the National Partnership for Social Enterprise which focused on market-driven approaches to social issues and the Gallup International Institute where he helped launch the Health of the Planet Survey. Starting as a criminal and environmental lawyer, he became president of The Fund for New Jersey where he started various organizations including a community foundation with assets now over $320 million. A practitioner of Kabbalistic healing and shamanic traditions, Robert currently chairs A Growing Culture, an NGO that is building a global community of farmers, connecting them and supporting their innovations online.
Corin Lee Girard supports Seven Pillars' through her work on event logistics, website upkeep, marketing, outreach and communications. Corin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Advertising from Marist College and previously served as Executive Assistant to the President and the CEO of Humboldt Storage and Moving Co., where she organized numerous events, facilitated company-wide initiatives and provided administrative support. She is an impassioned student and teacher of Argentine tango and currently resides in Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
is Seven Pillars’ Wisdom Council Facilitator and Editor of online and print media, with a special emphasis on crafting language for a general audience. Shams is a group facilitator, independent editor, and writer who has worked with innovative organizations and projects dedicated to helping heal the world, including Berkeley Area Interfaith Council, Meeting of the Ways, Creating Our Future, Seva Foundation, Reaching Out Project, EarthSave International and Youth for Environmental Sanity. Shams lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Seven Pillars is a collaborative organization. Along with a dedicated Staff and active Board, we rely on the contributions of our Wisdom Council, consisting of many accomplished individuals who assist in guiding the direction of, and creatively contributing toward, programming and content for events, programs and media initiatives of the organization. The relationship is based on mutual interest, availability and commitment to the Mission and Vision of Seven Pillars. To learn more about our Wisdom Council, click here.