Aviva Paley

Director of Programs

Aviva Paley is a passionate entrepreneur with professional experience in the food non-profit sector in fundraising, communications, and events. Aviva oversees all job training, hunger relief, and food rescue programs, as well as manages the marketing and communications for Kitchens for Good.This includes cultivating program partners, constructing and implementing work plans to meet identified needs and managing relationships with current and potential funders, partners and stakeholders.

Prior to joining Chuck Samuelson at Kitchens for Good, Aviva was a Food Justice Fellow at the Leichtag Foundation. Here she compiled a research report on kitchen incubators and community kitchen models, which eventually led her to Chuck and his new nonprofit. At the Leichtag Foundation she also assisted with grant-making strategies related to food and agriculture, and created several programs including the Food Justice Film Series.

Aviva is a Baltimore native. She received her Bachelors degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) where she studied Design and Sustainability. Aviva has extensive and varied work and volunteer experience in the areas of food security and healthy eating and has always strived to combat these issues in an efficient grassroots manner. She served as a Program and Communications Associate at The John’s Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Board Member of Slow Food Baltimore, and cooking and nutrition instructor at Cooking Matters in Richmond, CA. Aviva was also the Co-founder and Director of “Don’t You Want To”, a national youth voting initiative which promoted civic engagement among college students.

Aviva is thrilled to now call San Diego her home, where she can indulge year round in her love for the outdoors, surfing, Mexican food, and fresh produce.

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