Aaron Paley is the President and Co-Founder of Community Arts Resources (CARS).
Paley, and business partner Katie Bergin, have propelled CARS over the past quarter century to become a leading innovator in the activation of public space through content-driven programming and new models for design. He is the Founder of Yiddishkayt, the largest organization west of the Hudson dedicated to Jewish Eastern European culture. Paley is also the Executive Producer and Co-Founder of CicLAvia – now the largest car-free, open streets event in the United States, temporarily turning city streets into places for Angelenos to walk, bike, socialize and celebrate their city.
With more than 35 years of experience, Paley’s work has garnered him a significant reputation in the fields of urban planning, cultural programming and event production. Among other achievements, Paley launched the public performance series which became Grand Performances at California Plaza; developed the initial programming concept for the 16‐acre $56 million redevelopment of Grand Park; co-wrote the first plan for the reuse of the historic Broadway Movie Palaces; created and directed the seminal 1987 Los Angeles Fringe Festival and in 1984 helped launch the National Performance Network under the direction of David R. White. He received the Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship in 2008, which led to the development of CicLAvia. He has also been recognized by the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects for his contributions to Los Angeles with Honorary AIA/LA membership in its ranks.
Paley received a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and an M.B.A. in Non-Profit Arts Management from UCLA. Paley is fluent in French and conversant in both Spanish and Yiddish.