Founder & Director


Teresa Cowan Jones

Teresa Cowan Jones is an executive and personal coach, an ordained progressive minister, an instructor at the Center for Integrative Medicine, faculty and spiritual director of the Hesychia School for Spiritual Direction, and founder of The Compassion Coalition and the Breakthrough Leadership Institute, a transformational leadership and community development initiative. 

As such, she directs its premier program, Sacred Space, a secular and interfaith community that builds skills of compassion through contemplative practices to fuel social justice.  

A fellow in the Public Voices Fellowship and Harvard University's Spiritual Innovator Cohort, she is also author of over one hundred tools for effectiveness. Teresa holds a B.S. in Psychology and a Master of Divinity with highest honors from Vanderbilt University (1996). A professionally trained coach, she has served as coach and faculty of the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national nonpartisan leadership organization developing high-potential political leaders who can affect policy-making.  

Teresa is a certified facilitator in Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) and is founding and lead coach for CIT at the Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics at Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. She also developed and taught university courses in sociology and has twenty years of professional experience in leadership development in both the public and private sectors. 

She lives in Tucson, AZ, with her partner Lowell Jones and son, Benjamin, and can be reached at