Who We Are


Robin Bayer, Resident Fellow

Robin first volunteered with Magic in 1988 to participate in a tree-planting project. She's still taking care of those trees as manager of Magic's habitat stewardship and resource planning activities, for which she is regionally known. She also oversees Magic's mentoring program, maintains its legal and financial records, and plays an active role in teaching and publishing about valuescience. She is a mother to twin girls born in 1999 and to a boy born in 2004, and she enjoys running, swimming, hiking, and reading. Robin holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, and awarded a Terman Prize as top Civil Engineering student in her graduating class.

When I first came to Magic, I thought it was about environmentalism. Now I think we're about learning to love.


Hilary Hug, Resident Fellow

Hilary Hug first came to Magic on the same day as Robin Bayer in 1988. After several years of volunteer work in Indonesia, she returned, and now manages Magic's residential service learning community. Hilary is a life coach and mediator who leads Magic's workshops on life-planning and community building and consults to individuals and groups. She plans and oversees classes and events at Magic, and plays an active role in teaching and publishing about valuescience. She is a mother to twin girls born in 1999 and to a boy born in 2004, and she enjoys outdoor activities, music, and good times with friends. Hilary earned a B.S. in Human Biology from Stanford University in three years.

I feel the value of community every day in being healthy, staying loving, and living lightly on the planet.


David Schrom, Senior Resident Fellow

David co-founded Magic in 1972. Projects he has guided in health education, community development, dispute resolution, urban planning, and natural resource management have won national and international recognition. Currently he writes and teaches about valuescience, application of scientific methods and principles to questions of value, and provides counsel to those operating Magic day-to-day. He enjoys giving thanks, cooperating for common good, and cultivating awareness. He holds a B.A. (Scholar of the House) in History from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Prior to volunteering full-time with Magic he worked in education, manufacturing, law, finance, and government.

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Jeffrey Hook, Resident Fellow

Andrew Nepomuceno, Resident Fellow

Toan Tran, Resident Fellow

Toan has been with Magic since 2010. He enjoys planting trees, maintaining the community, and teaching valuescience. He is interested in synthesizing knowledge from multiple scientific disciplines into forms that are accessible to the majority of human beings. He runs BestSell, a free marketplace for recycling, and EveryoneScientist, an educational initiative encouraging people to bring science into every aspect of life. He holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.S. in Computer Science from KAIST, Korea.

How will we live if we view practice of science as a requisite for successful adaptation?