Ron Hering Award – 2018
King Bee, Fire-Tender
USA • Northern California
“I heal the world by making safe space for inclusive and generative conversation.”
Dave has served as a public defender in Alameda County for 21 years, representing poor people accused of serious crimes. He speaks often about emotional resilience and secondary trauma in the profession, and coaches and mentors lawyers dealing with burn-out and anxiety. As a Hollow Bones Zen priest, an MKP LIT, a blog writer and poet, and Burning Man community leader, Dave truly lives a life of mission and service. He has been married for 20 years and has two thriving teenagers, and he has been appointed the Interim Executive Director for the newly launched Boys to Men/Girls to Women Bay Area organization.