Gina Sharpe has an A.B. in Philosophy from Barnard College and a J.D. from NYU School of Law. Before practicing law, she worked for the New York City government, in the motion picture industry, as well as conducting research in public not-for-profits. After retiring from the practice of law, she co-founded New York Insight Meditation Center. She teaches at various venues around the United States including Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, Vallecitos Mountain Refuge, Mid America Dharma, Garrison Institute, Asia Society, Tibet House, the NY Open Center, the Katonah Yoga Center and a maximum security prison for women. She has been teaching the Dharma since 1995 and has served on the boards of directors of several organizations.