Meet Our New Executive Director
Public Conversations Project is delighted to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Parisa Parsa, who began her work with Public Conversations on January 26, 2015.
After a lengthy search process, the Board of Directors, staff, and associates of Public Conversations Project (now Essential Partners) are excited to welcome a new leader to the helm of the organization. Parisa arrived at Public Conversations at an exciting time, in a new year with a new website, several new staff members, and early into the implementation of a new strategic plan.
Parisa brings decades of experience in facilitation, interfaith leadership, and nonprofit administration to Public Conversations Project. Born into a multifaith family in Shiraz, Iran, Parisa’s career has taken her from the shelters of Boston to the streets of San Francisco and back again to Milton, where she served as a minister in the Unitarian Universalist church for a decade. As a Unitarian Universalist minister, she is deeply conversant in the multiple languages of faith and culture that are present in diverse communities. In addition to acting as the administrative, spiritual, and fundraising rudder of her congregation, Parisa served in a leadership capacity for the regional Unitarian Universalist Association, providing congregations with tools for effective leadership development and change management.
True to her commitment to meaningful exchange across communities and cultures, Parisa is also a trained intercultural facilitator. She has spent the past two years gathering nonprofit teams and congregations working to develop skills at culture change toward greater intercultural relationships within their communities, a skillset deeply aligned with the mission and values of Public Conversations Project. Throughout her career, in fact, Parisa has returned to the foundational dialogue resources of the Public Conversations Project, and she is honored by the opportunity to join, celebrate and shape an organization that is proving increasingly vital in today’s polarized society.
For Parisa, as for Public Conversations, it truly is about practicing what you preach: “My leadership is deeply collaborative. It will be a delight to work with such an experienced, multi-disciplinary staff team and associates to bring out the best everyone has to offer – and create something new in the wisdom we share. The world needs the work of Public Conversations now more than ever. I look forward to working with this extraordinary team to share it in ever wider circles.”
Please feel free to reach out to Parisa directly via email.