Paul Vandeventer co-founded Community Partners with Albert Rodriguez in 1992 to help foster, launch and grow creative solutions to community challenges. For 29 years, Paul led the organization through an era of dynamic growth and development, expanding beyond the organization’s fiscal sponsorship role to serve as a civic intermediary on behalf of numerous large-scale initiatives. As a social entrepreneur himself, Paul has mentored and learned from the hundreds of leaders of social and civic ventures that have sought Community Partners’ fiscal sponsorship services. He currently serves as an organizational advisor to current President & CEO Alicia Lara. Paul’s three decades of experience working in executive mentoring, philanthropic advising, management, planning, communications, training, and organizational development have provided him with a wide and varied perspective on how executive leaders and the nonprofits they run can achieve the greatest impact.
Paul writes and speaks extensively on civil society and its dependence on a holistic model of engagement. He is the co-author of “Networks that Work: A Practitioner’s Guide to Managing Networked Action” and developed the Civic Power Grid, a tool he uses to encourage the interplay of social sector agencies, philanthropic foundations, businesses and governmental institutions. Previously, Paul served as executive vice president of the California Community Foundation, a pace-setting Southern California regional grantmaking institution, and worked as a senior consultant to businesses and nonprofit organizations with Newport Beach-based Wilson Consulting Group.
From 1996 to 2004, Paul taught aspects of nonprofit planning in the master’s program at the University of Southern California. He currently serves as a senior fellow of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at USC’s Marshall School of Business and as a member of the advisory board of the Randall Lewis Center for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Social Impact at the University of La Verne. A 1980 alumnus of Coro Southern California’s prestigious Fellowship in Public Affairs, Paul was honored in early 2021 for his leadership and career accomplishments with Coro’s Crystal Eagle Award.