"Compassion is the living awareness that every act that I take, every expression, is an expression of my humanity. That means that, at any moment, we are always doing the best that we know how.”

Robert Gonzales

















































About Us

Robert Gonzales

Robert GonzalesRobert’s passion is in the spirituality of compassionate communication. He sees compassionate communication both as a process that helps us connect more authentically with ourselves and others, and as a spiritual practice and a way of living.

Robert Gonzales received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1989. He met Marshall Rosenberg and Nonviolent Communication in 1985, and has been offering Nonviolent Communication training in some form since 1986. His original training is as a licensed psychotherapist.

Robert has offered Nonviolent Communication training for community colleges, high schools, churches, social workers, psychologists, mediators, teenagers and public groups. He has taught psychology, counseling and communication at Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. In June 2000, he established the Prescott Center for Nonviolent Communication. In June 2010, he relocated to Portland, Oregon and changed the organization’s name to Center for Living Compassion.

Robert is past President of the board of directors for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He is a certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication and a trainer at many NVC Intensive International Trainings. Robert is a former assessor in North America for certifying NVC Trainers. He was one of the co-founders of the NVC Training Institute, a team of NVC trainers who offer in-depth and continuing NVC training in the United States and Europe.

Phyllis Brozozoska

Phyllis BrozozowshaOriginally from Dayton, Ohio, Phyllis held executive positions in non-profit, performing arts organizations for 27 years. In Dayton, she co-founded, developed and directed CITYFOLK, an award winning, multi-cultural performing arts presenting organization for 18 years. She served as the Executive Director of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company from 1999 to 2003. In 2003, Phyllis moved to Chicago and worked as the Executive Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater, a Latino contemporary dance company through the end of 2006.

In February 2007, Phyllis moved to Prescott, Arizona to work with Robert Gonzales at the Prescott Center for Nonviolent Communication. Phyllis is Robert’s full time assistant, managing the day-to-day business administration of the Center and coordinating his national and international trainings. Phyllis moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010 along with Robert and is continuing in the same capacity with the Center for Living Compassion.

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown will begin in the role of Robert's assistant in July of 2019. Jeff has been an organizer, trainer, and administrator in the Nonviolent Communication network since 2003. He was Executive Director of the Compassionate Communication Center of Ohio, a nonprofit organization in Columbus, Ohio from 2009-2015. Jeff has managed programs for more than a dozen trainers including the NVC Training Institute, a trainer group that Robert co-founded in 2000.

Jeff has been a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication since 2005 and was a trainer in several hundred NVC programs in 30 U.S. states and 9 countries including South Korea, Japan, Denmark, Greece, the Netherlands, Germany, Romania, and the U.K. He currently lives in Ithaca, New York and will be working for the Center remotely from there.

Elizabeth Russell

Elizabeth became Coordinator of the LIFE Program in July of 2018. 

She has directed a multitude of creative and community projects, including the Be Space Studio and the Life Art Being Integrative Arts Festival in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, she is the creator of the self-published Dreamfruit Almanac for Radical Belonging.


Elizabeth supports the LIFE Program from her home in Eugene, Oregon where she also leads programs aimed at generating deeper connection to personal presence, the human family, and the living earth.