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Victoria Paykar

Victoria Paykar

Victoria Paykar

Associate Initiative Officer, Great Communities Collaborative
Why do you do what you do?

As a daughter of immigrants, I grew up hearing the phrases, “American Dream” and “Land of Opportunity.” I also grew up seeing that these dreams are not afforded to everyone. I do what I do because it is a way to contribute to the change that I wish to see in our world. I strive to work towards creating a socially just and equitable society where all of us, especially those who continue to bear the brunt of the burden (low-income and communities of color), are healthy and thriving.

What drew you to the foundation?

I came here because we want to ensure that the Bay Area is an equitable place to live for low-income communities and communities of color. Being part of the foundation’s Great Communities Collaborative team provides a chance to work on pressing issues we face such as housing affordability, anti-displacement, public transit and climate change.

How would you describe your role?                                               

I enjoy working with the Great Communities Collaborative team to develop and execute GCC’s strategic goals as well as leading GCC’s grantmaking and communications strategy.

Are you involved in any volunteer activities?

I recently moved to the Bay Area from San Diego. While in San Diego, I was involved with the Surfrider Foundation. There, I worked on policy advocacy for the ban of single-use plastics and styrofoam. Now that I’m in the Bay, I hope to expand my advocacy-volunteerism to the environmental justice movement in the fight for clean air as well as volunteering with local animal shelters.

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