Charles G. Lief

Charles G. Lief Biography


Naropa University USA

President (July 2012)

Boulder, Colorado
JD, University of Colorado, School of Law
BA, Brandeis University

Charles G. Lief has been an active part of the Naropa community for thirty-nine years, having participated in some of the earliest discussions that culminated in the creation of the Naropa Institute in 1974. An early North American student of Naropa’s founder, the Venerable Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, he was an original member of the Nalanda Foundation board of directors (Naropa’s nonprofit home for its first decade). He has been a member of the board of trustees since its formation in 1986. Lief was elected as chair of the board of trustees in May 2011, and served until May 2012, when he was elected president.

After receiving his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law, Lief served as a managing partner of a Colorado law firm—Roper, Lief, Mains and Cobb—from 1977–84. Chuck then lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, from 1984-2003, serving as the Chief Operating Officer of Maritime Capital Management, a real estate development and general contracting firm. He also built and operated an award-winning historic hotel and restaurant in Halifax and wrote two best-selling cookbooks. Moving to Yonkers, New York in 2003, Chuck became the first president of the Yonkers, New York-based Greyston Foundation, one of the earliest and best–known models of integrated nonprofit social enterprises and service providers in the country.