An organizer and academic, Pastor gives an informative and entertaining talk on California's demographics as a harbinger for the country's, as well as la conyuntura (the immediate) vs. the long run, along with an inspirational quote from Eminem.
Pastor's momentum: "The dynamic grassroots organizing that is reshaping metropolitan America."
Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Geography and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC's Center for Sustainable Cities and is co-director of USC's Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.
An economist by training, he works closely with community organizations, and is widely recognized for bridging the divide between academia and activism. He speaks and writes frequently on issues of demographic change, economic inequality, and community empowerment. He served as a member of the Commission on Regions appointed by California's Speaker of the State Assembly, and in 2002 was awarded a Civic Entrepreneur of the Year award from the California Center for Regional Leadership.
Pastor has received fellowships and grants from many major foundations, including Guggenheim, Kellogg, Ford, and the National Science Foundation.
Drummond Pike is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tides. Awarded as an Outstanding Foundation Professional, Pike helped pioneer the advent of donor advised funds in philanthropy.
Through his leadership, Tides has helped increase the capacity and effectiveness of thousands of social change organizations. Pike was a founder and Associate Director of the Youth Project in Washington, DC, and served as Executive Director of the Shalan Foundation from 1976 to 1981. He was among the original founders of Working Assets, a telecommunications company dedicated to progressive philanthropy and political activism.