Strengthening resilience and empathy in schools and communities

About Us

Our Values

Empathy

Deepening care and compassion for ourselves and one another

Equity

Ensuring service to communities exposed to the most stress and trauma

Empowerment

Building capacity to sustain individual and community stress-resilience

Our Journey

2005

Just the Beginning

With our first program at Alameda County Juvenile Hall we begin to chip away at the School to Prison Pipeline

2010

Meeting the Need

Mental health professionals at the West Bank of Palestine are trained in DMind upon the UN's request

2016

Building Capacity

Norton publishes Niroga's Transformative Life Skills Curriculum used by teachers and youth workers

2022

Scaling Impact

Niroga launches InPower mobile app for Apple and Android to make DMind accessible anytime, anywhere

Our Founder & Executive Director

Bidyut K. Bose (BK), PhD

BK fondly remembers lakeside walks with his father at a young age. “I was a restless boy with boundless energy, and my father encouraged me to inhale as I walked four steps and exhale as I walked eight steps. It is a time-tested breath regulation pattern, and I realized that it instantly helped me become calmer and more focused.”

The poignancy of these experiences informed BK through his career as a scientist in Silicon Valley where he learned about the impacts of stress on physical and mental health, education and public safety. “I discovered that one in two students drop out of school in our inner cities, many of whom end up in juvenile detention facilities and jails, while three out of four who are released go right back in. That is when I decided to dedicate myself to building stress-resilient communities and dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.”

Our Team

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Our Board Members

Fred Schnider [Board Chair] is a criminal defense lawyer specializing in state and federal appeals. After witnessing the transformative potential of Niroga's program in Juvenile Hall, Fred has advocated for Dynamic Mindfulness as a cost-effective and empowering tool to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

Bidyut Bose [Founder and Executive Director] The former computer scientist and technology executive founded Niroga to provide solutions to the root causes of inequity. BK is the lead author of the Dynamic Mindfulness (DMind) curriculum and conducts DMind trainings nationally and internationally. 

Judy Dunlap [Co-founder] has applied her MBA, and extensive experience in operations, to ensure Niroga Institute's sustainability. She was compelled to co-found Niroga because she enjoyed the challenge of a start-up, and is passionate about the opportunity to give back to her community.

Rosalind Lwin [Associate Executive Director] is dedicated to building capacity and increasing impact through Dynamic Mindfulness products and programs. Her primary projects, including Niroga's InPower app, are informed by her commitment to introspection, inclusivity, and innovation.

Hon. Charles Ervin serves as Presiding Judge in the Superior Court of California, Sierra County. He is the President of the California Association of Youth Courts and serves as a liaison judge from the Collaborative Justice Court Advisory Committee to the Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee.

Joe Farasat is a parent, and an influential leader who brings over 30 years of experience in financial services, consulting, and capital raising. His values of compassion, authenticity, and integrity have guided his long-standing work with social impact enterprises in the United States and beyond.

Conrad Tiu has served as an educational leader in diverse learning settings within the Los Angeles Unified School District, for over 30 years. His work incoporates strategies for social justice and equity in education. After learning trauma-informed mindfulness, he shares DMind daily with his students.

Our Advisory Board

Nik Banerjee • Former Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank

Alex Brisco • Principal, California Children's Trust

John Burbank • Founder & Chief Investment Officer, Passport Capital, LLC

Woody Carter • Former Executive Director, Bay Area Black United Fund

Adele Diamond • Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, University of British Columbia

Delaine Eastin • Former State Superintendent of California Public Instruction

Gihani Fernando • Consultant; formerly with Bridgespan and Playworks

Raj Gandhi • Pediatric surgeon and mindfulness trainer

Deb Levine • Consultant; formerly founder and ED of YTH (Youth+Tech+Health)

Janet Pozmantier • Consultant; former Founding Director, Center for School Behavioral Health, Mental Health America of Greater Houston

Shane Safir • Consultant; formerly with Stuart Foundation

Curtiss Sarikey • Chief of Staff to Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District

Dan Siegel • Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA, and acclaimed author

Bill Somerville • Founder, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation

John Spinale • Serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist investing in human potential technology

Lynda Tredway • Senior Associate, Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC

Carina Wong • Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for Innovation, Gates Foundation

Our Community

Together, let's develop millions of mindful children for a more connected and compassionate world

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