Jane Paul is a college instructor, an activist, and an advocate for economic, environmental, and climate justice, housing rights, and for incarceral system reform. She teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA), in the undergraduate Urban Studies concentration, as well as in the Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability program. She is teaching, researching, writing, and developing curriculum on the solidarity economy, climate, and human rights.
Prior to teaching, from 2007 until 2013, Jane was an environmental policy consultant, focused on the green economy, environmental & economic justice. She led the green economy initiatives at the Green LA Coalition, a collaboration of organizations developing environmental policy and advocacy for the City of Los Angeles, regional institutions, and agencies, housed at the Liberty Hill Foundation.
Jane previously was a Commissioner and Vice Chairperson on the City of Los Angeles Rent Adjustment Commission in the City of LA’s Housing and Community Investment Department, appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, from 2014 until 2020. She was formerly the Chairperson of the City of Los Angeles Green Retrofit and Workforce Development Advisory Council, appointed by former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as well as a member of the Apollo Alliance Steering Committee, the Good Food Economy and Academic Partnerships workgroups of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. She was previously chair of the university’s Sustainability Committee, co-author with the committee members of AULA’s Climate Action Plan, and was Chairperson of the Bridge Program’s Council.
Jane worked in food relief efforts in Tijuana, Mexico in 2019, and in Northeast Los Angeles in 2020. Additional volunteer projects include training, fundraising, and event planning for California Calls, Schools and Communities First, and LA mayoral candidate Karen Bass.