Michael Lerner is the president and founder of Commonweal, a nonprofit center in Bolinas, California. Commonweal works in health and healing, education and the arts, and environment and justice with more than two dozen projects. Michael oversees five Commonweal projects:
The Commonweal Cancer Help Program
Beyond Conventional Cancer Therapies
The New School at Commonweal
The Resilience Project
Michael received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health in 1983. He is co-founder and president emeritus of the Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, D.C. He is co-founder of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment at Commonweal. He is president of the Jenifer Altman Foundation. He is co-founder and chair emeritus of the Health and Environmental Funders Network. He lives with his wife and colleague Sharyle Patton in Bolinas and on Whidbey Island north of Seattle.