Black Mountain Circle cultivates resilience, community, and earth stewardship in perilous times. Through inspiring events and insightful conversations, we reclaim our personal and collective stories about nature and spirit.

We believe that powerful stories, strong community, and a deep connection to nature and spirit help us reclaim our relationship to the earth and to each other. Four compass points guide us: story, nature, spirit, and community.

Team – Staff & Board

Steve Costa

Steve Costa

Steve is the executive director and a co-founder of Black Mountain Circle. He guides and creates new programs and events, and is the founder of the Geography of Hope and West Marin Review, two of BMC’s first programs. Steve has 45 years experience in community organizing including as a Vista volunteer, an aide to Congressman Pete Stark, a program director for the Trust for Public Land, and executive director of the City of Oakland’s strategic planning office. He was a co-owner of Point Reyes Books for 14 years. Steve is currently involved in many West Marin projects and serves on the board of the West Marin Fund.

Kate Levinson

Kate is a co-founder and board member of Black Mountain Circle. She produces events, retreats, and conferences, in addition to her own workshops and website on women and money.  Kate holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Point Reyes Station, CA. Her book,  Emotional Currency: A Women’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money, was published by Ten Speed Press/Random House. Kate was a co-owner of Point Reyes Books for 14 years. She is currently on the board of West Marin Community Services and the advisory board of Mesa Refuge.

Eleanore Despina

Eleanore is a board member of Black Mountain Circle. She practiced law for 35 years in the areas of retirement and estate planning, and nonprofits.  She’s investing her retirement years in studying and making functional ceramics, and in helping to build a resilient community in Point Reyes Station, CA, where she lives with her husband, Bing Gong.

Kyra Epstein

Kyra is the communications manager for Black Mountain Circle. She has more than 25 years of expertise in helping organizations tell their stories. Kyra provides communications consulting for non-profit and government organizations, with clients including Commonweal, Mesa Refuge, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Healthy Buildings, LLC.  As an environmental journalist, she has published more than 200 articles for newspapers, journals and magazines. Kyra is an herbalist and plant lover.

James Stark

James is a board member of Black Mountain Circle. He is the co-director of the Regenerative Design Institute at Commonweal (RDI) where he co-founded both the Ecology of Leadership and Ecology of Awakening programs. For decades, James dedicated himself to community visioning and organizing in Marin and co-founded several organizations including West Marin Growers Group, Waste Free Now, KWMR “Watershed Radio” and Community Land Association of Marin. James has committed his life to exploring how we — ourselves, our communities, and our species — might move into harmony with who we are and re-ignite a deep connection with the natural world.

Kamala Tully

Kamala is the project coordinator for Black Mountain Circle. She has over 20 years experience in marketing,  events and program development. She’s worked at the Institute for Health & Healing, Women.com, and Nolo Press. Kamala consults with various Bay Area nonprofits including Mesa Refuge, West Marin Review, and Syzygy Dance Project. The coastal town of Bolinas is her home away from home.

Alison Wright

Alison is a board member of Black Mountain Circle. She works in philanthropy, consulting with organizations defending natural resource rights, protecting environmental activists, and amplifying community and indigenous voices for global environmental justice. Alison is a co-founder of The Cairn Project. She grew up exploring the trails and beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore.