Gary Baran has been a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 1996 and served as executive director of the center from 1998 until 2006. He is a professor emeritus of philosophy; a California licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (inactive); and a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication. He has led workshops on compassionate communication for students, faculty and staff at many colleges and universities; for parents, teachers and staff in public and private schools; for prison inmates; for business managers and employees; and for various other groups and organizations. From 2010 to 2014 he was part of a team of volunteers teaching nonviolent communication to inmates at the Oregon State Penitentiary in Salem and has offered training to staff and clients of Sponsors, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides transitional support services for formerly incarcerated persons.
Baran has authored several articles on nonviolent communication, including "Speaking Giraffe Language," published in Peace Review (Dec. 1998) and "Nonviolent Communication: An Important Component in Personal and Nonviolent Social Change," published in the Spring 2000 issue of The Acorn-Journal of the Gandhi King Society.
He taught philosophy and psychology courses from 1974 to 2000 at Los Angeles City College. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin, California State University, Northridge, and for the Whitehead Center of the University of Redlands.
He has a BA in philosophy from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), an MA in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin (Madison, WI), and an MA in educational psychology, counseling and guidance from California State University (Northridge, CA).
Baran has served on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations and has been a member of his faculty union's collective bargaining team. He has traveled extensively and enjoys writing songs and playing a variety of musical instruments. He and his wife have two grown children.