Gina Sharpe, born in Jamaica, immigrated to New York at the age of 11. She has an A.B. in Philosophy from Barnard College and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Before practicing law, she worked in the New York City Lindsay Administration, in the motion picture industry, as a researcher in not-for-profit organizations and as an executive in a publicly owned corporation. She serves and has served as a Board Director in several profit and not for profit corporations, including New York Insight. She co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center and served for more than 15 years as its Guiding Teacher. She founded Westchester Insight Meditation Community (WIMC) in 1995 and currently serves as its Guiding Teacher. She has taught at various Buddhist silent retreat venues around the United States and abroad and served as a Buddhist Chaplain at New York State’s sole maximum security prison for women for several years.