Dr. Manuel Pastor "is Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz. An undergraduate at UCSC between 1973 and 1978, Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has received fellowships from the Danforth, Guggenheim, and Kellogg Foundations and grants from the Irvine Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the MacArthur Foundation, California Council for the Humanities, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the North-South Center, and many others.
"His research on Latin American issues has been published in journals such as International Organization, World Develop-ment, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Latin American Studies, Latin American Research Review, and Foreign Affairs. His research on U.S. urban issues has been published in Economic Development Quarterly, Review of Regional Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, Urban Geography, and elsewhere and has generally focused on the labor market and social conditions facing low-income urban communities.
"Dr. Pastor's most recent book, co-authored with Angela Glover Blackwell and Stewart Kwoh, is entitled Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America (W.W. Norton, 2002). He co-authored with Peter Dreier, Eugene Grigsby, and Marta Lopez-Garza Regions That Work: How Cities and Suburbs Can Grow Together (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), a book that has become a reference for those seeking to better link community and regional development. He and Dreier recently teamed with Jennifer Wolch as editors of a collection of essays entitled Up Against the Sprawl: Public Policy and the Making of Southern California (University of Minnesota Press, 2004).
"Pastor is currently working on issues of environmental justice with support from both The California Endowment and the California Wellness Foundation, and on the relationship between community-building and regional strategies with the support of the Hewlett and Ford Foundations. Along with Rob Fairlie, he has launched a project on race, youth, and the digital divide with the support of the W.T. Grant Foundation." 
- Director, Center for Community Change
- Director, Economic Policy Institute 
- Advisory Board, Liberty Hill Foundation