Aviva Paley serves on the San Diego Advisory Council at Avodah.
Aviva is the Co-Founder and Senior Director of Kitchens for Good, a San Diego non-profit that uses food to transform lives and nourish the community. Kitchens for Good operates an apprenticeship program that equips individuals to break the cycle of poverty and incarceration and launch meaningful careers in the culinary and hospitality industry. Apprentices— transitioning from incarceration, homelessness, and foster-care — hone their professional skills while upcycling rescued food into healthy meals for hungry San Diegans. Aviva developed the program and evaluation design for Kitchens for Good’s innovative job training and hunger relief work, and now oversees the organization’s fundraising and marketing efforts. Aviva has been chosen for several prestigious awards and fellowships including Forbes 2019 list of 30 under 30 Social Enterprise Leaders, Food Tanks list of 20 Food Leaders Under 40, The UC Global Food Initiative’s 30 under 30 Food Leaders Award, The ROI Fellowship, and the Arianne de Rothschild Fellowship. Prior to joining Kitchens for Good, Aviva was a Food Justice Fellow at the Leichtag Foundation and participant of the Urban Adamah Fellowship. Having had life-changing experiences from immersive Jewish Fellowship programs, Aviva is eager to provide young adults with the opportunity to launch social justice careers.