Educator, ecopsychologist, and international consultant.


M. Paloma Pavel, PhD, is an educator, ecopsychologist, and international consultant whose work focuses on 1) the transformation of human consciousness and 2) large systems change to create a more just, healthy and sustainable world for all.

She is President and Founder of Earth House Center, an environmental and social justice learning center in Oakland, CA, co-founder of the Breakthrough Communities Project, and former Director of Strategic Communications for the Sustainable Metropolitan Communities Initiative at the Ford Foundation.

The success of her work at Ford is documented in her nationally acclaimed book Breakthrough Communities: Sustainability and Justice in the Next American Metropolis, (MIT press ) and in her PBS documentary series The New Metropolis.

Dr. Pavel’s graduate studies include the London School of Economics and Harvard University. Her spiritual roots and contemplative practice are drawn from Eastern and western wisdom traditions .She has circled the earth as the first North American faculty with the Peace Boat, and her book Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty catalyzed a national movement, with the 20th Anniversary edition winning “Peacemaker of the Year” award; Japanese translation by Shuntaro Tanikawa.

Her most recent book is “Climate Justice: Frontline Stories from Groundbreaking Coalitions in California” (2017).


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