Carl Anthony and Paloma Pavel: Breakthrough Communities: Front Line Stories and Strategies Linking Social Justice and Ecological Sustainability
Department of City and Regional Planning Practice Colloquium
Carl Anthony, cofounder of Breakthrough Communities, has served as acting director of the community and resource development unit at the Ford Foundation, which is responsible for the Foundation’s worldwide programs in fields of environment and development, and community development. He directed the Foundation's Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative and the Regional Equity Demonstration in the United States. Anthony funded the national Conversation on Regional Equity, a dialogue of national policy analysts and advocates for new metropolitan racial justice strategies. He was founder, and for 12 years, executive director of the Urban Habitat Program in the San Francisco Bay Area. With his colleague Luke Cole at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, he founded and published the Race, Poverty, and the Environment Journal, the only environmental justice periodical in the United States. He has a professional degree in architecture from Columbia University.
Dr. Paloma Pavel, cofounder of Breakthrough Communities, is president of Earth House Center. She has served as director of strategic communications for the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative at the Ford Foundation. Pavel’s academic background includes graduate study at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Harvard University. Her research at LSE addressed South African Economics in the pre- and post-Apartheid eras. Her dissertation (Organizational Culture and Leadership Development) was part of a five-year study by the Carnegie Foundation on the workplace in America, which culminated in the publication Good Work. 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. Pavel is a frequent lecturer and keynote presenter nationally and internationally on the theory of living systems and urban sustainability. At MIT Press, she coedits the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Books series with Robert Gottlieb. Pavel is editor of the newly released book entitled Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis (MIT Press, 2009).