Breakthrough Communities

Paloma Pavel

Dr. Paloma Pavel is president of Earth House Center. She is co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project, and served as director of strategic communications for the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative at the Ford Foundation. Her academic background includes graduate study at the London School of Economics and Harvard University. She has taught at many Bay Area institutions, including the California Institute for Integral Studies, where she co-chaired the graduate degree program in Organizational Development. She is a frequent lecturer and keynote presenter nationally and internationally on the theory of living systems and urban sustainability. Dr. Pavel is visiting faculty at the University of California, Davis, where she also serves on the Regional Advisory Council for the Center for Regional Change. At MIT Press, she co-edits the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Books series, and is editor of the nationally recognized book Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis (MIT Press, 2009).

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