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
Resident Fellow / President
Robin Bayer 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. During the 1990’s, when Palo Alto was revising its General Plan, she organized residents to create an ecology-based vision for the city. For much of her tenure at Magic, she’s been one of a handful of resident fellows who guide other residents in creating Magic’s valuescience-based residential service learning community, and who share primary responsibilities teaching and publishing about valuescience. Since 2004, she’s overseen maintenance of Magic’s legal and financial records. Robin is a mother to twin girls born in 1999 and to a boy born in 2004. She enjoys running, swimming, hiking, and reading. She 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.
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.
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. A certified yoga instructor, she teaches through Magic and in other settings. 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.
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 2015 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.
Resident Fellow / Secretary-Treasurer
David Schrom co-founded Magic in 1972. He has won national and international recognition for guiding projects in health education, community development, dispute resolution, urban planning, natural resource management, and valuescience teaching. Since Magic’s inception, he has been a central figure in evolving its valuescience foundation, its strategy of integrated research, teaching, and demonstration, and its projects interweaving themes of personal health, cooperation, and environmental stewardship. Currently he writes and teaches about valuescience, provides counsel to those operating Magic day-to-day, and leads in adapting Magic ideas, policies, and programs to the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the current era. He enjoys running, swimming, biking, hiking, 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, government, and charity.
Magic Service Organization Trustees
See above under Intentional Community Resident Fellows.
Former Fellow, Cisco Systems
Dinesh G Dutt first encountered Magic in 1995 when he attended a valuescience presentation and immediately resonated with the idea of philanthropy grounded in human ecology and directed to the roots of a full spectrum of human concerns. Since then he and his physician wife Shanthala Keshavacharya have been enthusiastic supporters and generous donors. Dinesh worked for over 20 years in the computer networking industry. He was a key architect of many of Cisco System’s most successful enterprise networking products and a co-inventor of VXLAN, a bedrock of many networks, generating more than 40 patents. In 2018, he left his role as a Chief Scientist at Cumulus Networks to start an open source project, author technical books, and devote more life to parenting his daughter Maya and to philanthropy. Dinesh has authored three acclaimed data center networking books published by O’Reilly. He’s passionate about advocating for valuescience and about applying it to promote his own and others’ health, to create a more peaceful and cooperative society, and to protect the Earth we share.
Outdoor Education Center Manager, Mono Lake Committee
In 1979, when Santiago Escruceria came to the United States to study at Foothill College, he made his first home the Magic community. In that same year Santiago co-founded Magic, the 501(c)(3) public service organization. He has served on Magic’s board ever since. During his several years as a Foothill student and Magic resident, Santiago led in closing neighborhood streets to short-cutting drivers, planting street and park trees, regenerating native oak populations on nearby open space, and organizing cycling adventures for Magicians and members of the broader community. Later, while earning a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Sonoma State University, he was an active volunteer field researcher for the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. For more than two decades he has directed the outdoor education program of the Mono Lake Committee. Since 2008, he has led winter birding tours in his native Colombia. Santiago is also a Commissioner of the Lee Vining Fire Protection District, President of the Eastern Sierra Audubon Society, and a dedicated lover of nature.
See above under Intentional Community Resident Fellows.
Bradley Zlotnick, MD, FACEP
Brad Zlotnick first affiliated with Magic in 1981, when he contributed to the development of valuescience with research for his Harvard honors thesis. He joined Magic’s habitat stewardship work as planter, water-carrier, photographer, and came to support our broader mission as an advocate, advisor, and donor. An avid athlete and lover of nature, he’s repeatedly underwritten fellows’ and dependents’ outdoor adventures. Brad is a graduate of Stanford Medical School and a Board Certified emergency physician. His clinical practice informed roles guiding large medical group practice, emergency department management and quality improvement, professional society leadership, and political advocacy. He serves on the board of Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund and is an advisor to the International Barcode of Life and the Kyoto Symposium Organization. Founder of San Diego Barcode of Life, Brad has conceived, led, and contributed to biodiversity projects in partnership with diverse educational, civic, commercial, and governmental entities, including Magic’s Silicon Valley Barcode of Life.