Paul Vandeventer

President & CEO
Community Partners

As President & CEO of Community Partners, Paul Vandeventer heads a community organization he co-founded in 1992 with Albert Rodriguez to help foster, launch and grow creative solutions to community challenges. Paul has led the organization through 29 years of dynamic growth and development to now include over 180 sponsored projects, a core staff of 43, more than a dozen large-scale, multi-year civic intermediary programs, and the management and administration of $70 million annually. Paul joined the Coro Fellowship Program in Public Affairs in 1979-80 in Los Angeles, where his insights were shaped by close interaction with his eleven fellowship colleagues. Suffice to say, Paul’s love for Los Angeles soared as the program’s explorations of the region deepened. Subsequently, he served on Coro’s board of directors, including a term as chair, worked as a Coro trainer for two years, and has developed meaningful relationships with members of many fellowship program classes. Inspired partly by Coro’s training, Paul conceived his idea of civic reach, the indispensable relationship-building model anyone can practice to master the currents of business, government and civil society. He co-authored “Networks that Work: A Practitioner’s Guide to Managing Networked Action,” and writes and speaks extensively on civil society, community, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.