Leadership

Par­tic­i­pants in the Mag­ic inten­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty and the Mag­ic ser­vice orga­ni­za­tion enjoy over­lap­ping lead­er­ship from diverse, accom­plished indi­vid­u­als with long records of engage­ment and con­tri­bu­tion at Mag­ic and in the world beyond. Below we list first res­i­dent fel­lows who guide the inten­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty, and then trustees who guide the ser­vice organization.

Intentional Community Resident Fellows

Robin Bayer

Resident Fellow / President

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.

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Jeffrey Hook

Resident Fellow

Jeff has been with Mag­ic since 1980. He has been an impor­tant con­trib­u­tor to evo­lu­tion of Mag­ic’s orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­ture, includ­ing val­ue­science-based ser­vice learn­ing com­mu­ni­ty, and its diverse projects to pro­mote health, coop­er­a­tion, and envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship. From Mag­ic’s ear­li­est days Jeff has led in bring­ing more peo­ple to more con­sis­tent­ly and com­pe­tent­ly prac­tice sci­ence to live well and con­tribute to oth­ers’ doing so. He envi­sions a world where a small­er human pop­u­la­tion coop­er­ates to thrive in peace and plen­ty by con­serv­ing resources and pro­tect­ing envi­ron­men­tal attrib­ut­es on which all rely. Jeff holds a B.A. from Stan­ford. He has also been a soft­ware engi­neer for Solarci­ty and Tes­la. He enjoys play­ing piano and singing, and exer­cis­ing in the out­doors, espe­cial­ly running.

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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.

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Andrew Nepomuceno

Resident Fellow

Andrew first encoun­tered Mag­ic when he enrolled in Val­ue­science at Stan­ford in 2010. Less than a year lat­er, in Jan­u­ary 2011 he became a Mag­ic res­i­dent and intern. He has con­tributed to design and con­struc­tion of 373 Oxford as an eco­log­i­cal­ly informed res­i­dence, and he has played lead­er­ship roles in CalAve Farm­ers’ Mar­ket food sal­vage, oak habi­tat stew­ard­ship, val­ue­science teach­ing, and main­te­nance of phys­i­cal infra­struc­ture and social fab­ric in the res­i­den­tial com­mu­ni­ty. Since becom­ing a fel­low in 2014 he has shoul­dered pri­ma­ry respon­si­bil­i­ty for ori­ent­ing new res­i­dents and coor­di­nat­ing res­i­dents in oper­at­ing the com­mu­ni­ty. Andrew enjoys play­ing vio­lin, hik­ing in nature, danc­ing, and work­ing for com­mon good. He holds a B.S. in bio­me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing from Stan­ford and is cur­rent­ly pur­su­ing a Ph.D. in epi­demi­ol­o­gy there.

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David Schrom

Resident Fellow / Secretary-Treasurer

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.

Magic Service Organization Trustees

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Robin Bayer

Trustee

See above under Inten­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ty Res­i­dent Fellows.

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Dinesh Dutt

Trustee

For­mer Fel­low, Cis­co Systems

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Santiago Escruceria

Trustee

Out­door Edu­ca­tion Cen­ter Man­ag­er, Mono Lake Committee

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David Schrom

Trustee

See above under Inten­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ty Res­i­dent Fellows.

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Bradley Zlotnick, MD, FACEP

Trustee