Avital Aboody was an Avodah Corps Member in NYC in 2010-2011 where she worked as a tenant organizer with the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board. She believes in Avodah because she has seen first-hand how the program provides young people with the tools and support structures they need to turn their passions into successful careers as change-makers. Avital has spent the past 10 years working with social justice non-profit organizations in both her hometown of Los Angeles and her chosen home of San Diego. Her expertise is in working collaboratively with small businesses, local artists, and community organizations to support the revitalization of commercial corridors in historically under-served communities. A few projects that she is proud of include launching two open-air community markets featuring first-time food and craft vendors, coordinating participatory public art projects, and spearheading the development of a volunteer-designed and built park, performance space, and garden on a formerly vacant lot. Avital currently works with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) San Diego managing their inclusive economic development initiatives and grant-making. Avital received an MA in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University, LA and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Mediator Credential from the National Conflict Resolution Center. Avital is passionate about the arts, exploring diverse neighborhoods by transit, bike, and foot, and supporting local businesses and cultural institutions. She and her wife are parents to a toddler and live in Golden Hill.