Harry Grammer has been named president of Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association’s Executive Board. Grammer received his Ph.D. from Pacifica’s Community Liberation, Indigenous and Eco-Psychologies Specialization (CLIE).

An artist, activist and educator, Grammer founded the community-based organization New Earth in 2004 and is an integral part of reforming juvenile justice in Los Angeles. In 2017, he was honored as a CNN Hero, and in 2018 he was selected as one of the 20 inaugural Obama Foundation Fellows from more than 20,000 applicants in 191 countries.

“Harry Grammer personifies the excellence of graduates at Pacifica Graduate Institute,” said Dianne Travis-Teague, director of alumni relations. “His enthusiasm to lead Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association’s Executive Board is a testament to his commitment to continue the outstanding legacy of our school.

“We are extremely grateful for his leadership during these challenging times for our community and our world.”

In concert with Pacifica’s unique and creative educational experience, Pacifica Graduate Institute Alumni Association seeks not only to provide alumni and the general public with opportunities for personal and professional growth, but also to serve as a path for making positive changes within society as a whole through service and education, exemplifying PGIAA’s motto, “Through Soul Community Thrives.”

Other board members are:

Olivia Happel, vice president, She teaches Latin, mythology, theory of knowledge, English, and film studies at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta. Happel created her own curriculum for both the mythology and film studies courses and also serves as the extended essay coordinator for DPHS.

Maxine Blanche Langdon, secretary. Licensed since 2012 as an MFT in California, Langdon received her Ph.D. in depth psychology with an emphasis in psychotherapy in 2016.  She has maintained a private practice in the Rancho Cucamonga area since 2011.

Stephanie Zajchowski, treasurer. She recently earned her Ph.D. in mythological studies with an emphasis in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She also holds a certification in spiritual direction from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology.

Also on the board are Machiel Klerk, Breana D. Johnson, Donna May, Fanny Brewster, Heather McCoskey Beck, Howard Spector, John Michael O’Neal, Leslie Shore, Minh Tran, Nicole Freeman and Odette Springer.

Community members can meet Grammer at PGIAA’s Coming Home 2020. Visit http://cominghometopacifica.com/ for more information.

PGIAA is a California 501(c) nonprofit corporation established for the purpose of developing an operational and charitable membership association that supports both the alumni of Pacifica Graduate Institute and the wider community in pursuit of developing their intellectual, spiritual, altruistic and professional abilities.

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