Paloma Dallas is director of special projects and senior editor of the Cousins Research Group and a program officer at the Kettering Foundation. As part of the Cousins Research Group, she develops insights from across the foundation’s lines of research into writing for articles, chapters, books, and other publications. She works in the foundation’s research area exploring the role of journalism in strengthening people’s ability to shape their collective future. She also works in areas trying to learn from experiments with the role of communities in health and efforts in citizen diplomacy. She 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.