Senior Director and Co-Founder
Aviva Paley is a passionate social entrepreneur with professional experience in fundraising, program design and marketing. Aviva oversees all job training, hunger relief, and food rescue programs, as well as manages the marketing and communications, and assists in fundraising efforts 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.
In 2014 Aviva joined with Chuck Samuelson to launch Kitchens for Good, playing a critical early role in securing donations, developing key partnerships and designing and launching the programs. 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 want to bring this model to San Diego. 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 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 has been selected for several prestigious awards and fellowships including Food Tanks list of 20 Food Leaders Under 40, The UC Global Food Iniative’s 30 under 30 Food Leaders Award, The ROI Fellowship, and the Arianne de Rothschild Fellowship.
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.