Facilitators' Bios

The passion and expertise of the facilitators will help you succeed in "doing the work that matters." 

Doug Paxton

Doug Paxton is Co-Director for the Leadership Center at Saint Mary’s College.  He currently focuses his teaching in the area of Values, Leadership and Sustainable Organizational Change at Saint Mary’s.  He brings to his teaching and facilitation over twenty-five years of leadership experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, including roles he served as the Director of People and Organizational Development at Business for Social Responsibility, Executive Director of Indochinese Housing Development Corporation and as the founding Program Director of the Presidio World College MBA in Sustainable Management.  He is passionate about what humanity has to learn from reconnecting to our values and the natural world.

Elissa Perry

Elissa Perry helps people and organizations with a social mission get better at what they do.  For over 15 years she has worked as a staff, consultant and coach with several individuals, organizations and initiatives in the areas of leadership, education and the arts.  Elissa also teaches in the Masters in Leadership Program at Saint Mary’s College where she facilitates diverse, cross-sector and multi-issue learning communities in developing and implementing leadership plans and practices.