Paloma Dallas, Director of Special Projects and Program Officer

Paloma Dallas is director of special projects and a program officer at the Kettering Foundation. She works with the foundation’s international programs and its research area exploring the role of journalism in strengthening democracy. Much of her research has involved working with journalists across the US and around the world, exploring strategies for reinventing the teaching and practice of journalism to support thriving communities. She also led exploratory research into how artists and arts organizations are working with people in communities to address public problems.

Before coming to Kettering, Dallas was the founding director of Del Pueblo, a community-based nonprofit organization in Clark County, Ohio. Prior to that, she worked as a freelance journalist, a reporter with Reuters in Bogota Colombia, and as a researcher with the New York City-based Committee to Protect Journalists in the Americas program area. She was a Teach For America corps member from 1996 to 1998.

Dallas earned a BA in political science and Spanish at Macalester College and an MIA in journalism and international affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She and her husband, an artist, have collaborated together on many projects, including raising their daughter.