Aaron Pava

Co-Founder & Chief Experience Officer
Oakland, CA

About Aaron Pava

Aaron co-founded CivicActions in 2004. In his role as Chief Experience Officer (CXO), he is responsible for company culture, talent acquisition, professional development and marketing.

In 2016, Aaron served at the United States Digital Service (USDS) helping improve the way the federal government procures digital services through culture change, policy reform, and strategic planning.

He brings more than 20 years of information technology, free and open source software and consulting industry experience to managing the firm and advising clients.

Prior to CivicActions, Aaron facilitated leadership and communication seminars, creating extraordinary opportunities for men and women to deepen relationships, accomplish personal goals, and realize their authentic passions. He brings this experience to the unique aspects of generating a healthy organizational culture within a distributed team.

He has presented at numerous conferences on a diverse range of interests and passions including federal procurement, organizational culture, digital strategy, free and open source software and mindfulness.

Aaron lives between Oakland, CA, Washington D.C. and San Mateo, Costa Rica, with his wife Nikki and their two daughters. He is passionate about photography, pugilism, snowboarding, podcasts, and fostering community.


FCW: ‘One company shows how it is embracing agile’

CivicActions was featured in the July 30 issue of Federal Computer Week related to our work around the General Services Administration and 18F open request for quotation for a new federal marketplace for agile delivery services.

2016-06-17T22:09:07+00:00 Categories: Government, Press|Tags: |

CivicActions is Hiring!

We're looking to add new team members who also value quality, diversity, flexibility, healthy work/life balance, humor and supporting one another. Working for CivicActions is more than just a job - it's working with a team of people who are committed to transforming the world.

2016-06-24T23:00:59+00:00 Categories: Culture|

Video: Office Optional Presentation on Building a Healthy Organizational Culture

Last week, Sadie and I had the honor of presenting at Office Optional, a new conference for distributed teams. The event brought together leaders and coworkers to examine tools and techniques used by successful organizations where the team members aren’t in the same place. Our presentation was on the subject [...]

2017-03-31T06:19:58+00:00 Categories: Culture|

8 Powerful Case Studies of International NGOs Leveraging Drupal for Social Change

Last week I had the honor to speak at DrupalCon Denver on how international NGOs are leveraging Drupal for social change. This presentation explored case studies from eight non-profits, specifically on how each were able to harness Drupal for real world impact. After sharing some history of the Drupal (& [...]

2017-03-31T06:19:59+00:00 Categories: Events|

How to Transfer Your Domain Name from Go Daddy – Picture Tutorial

For years I have been intending to transfer my nearly 20 domain names to a new provider. My very first domain was registered at Network Solutions (for free!) nearly 17 years ago, and in a way, that moment marked the first step on my "dot com" journey. Around 2001, in [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:06+00:00 Categories: How-To|

Creating A One Minute Message For Your Nonprofit Organization

  How many times have you been caught off-guard when a stranger asks what you do for work? Describing your work can be a very difficult task. Do you paint a picture of the amazing programs or services your nonprofit provides? Do you speak about the impact on the communities [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:09+00:00 Categories: Nonprofit|

Google Android Market vs. Apple App Store

  Last week Apple announced that since July 2008 more than 10 billion iPhone & iPad apps have now been downloaded from the App Store. For those counting at home, that an average of 18 million apps per day. Despite the significant head-start, today Google announced their own Web-based store app store called Android Market, [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:09+00:00 Categories: Mobile|

Nonprofit Marketing Plan Template

Hot on the heals of yesterday's post regarding sharing our Client Questionnaire, Nancy Schwartz of Getting Attention posted a ready-to-use Nonprofit Marketing Plan Template that provides a thorough overview for generating your marketing and online strategy. GOALS  - Key question: What is your organization’s main goal (1-2 goals)?  What are your communications [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:15+00:00 Categories: How-To, Nonprofit|

Sharing Our Client Questionnaire for Website Development

A thread began a few days ago on the Drupal Consultants list regarding Client Questionnaires. Not long ago, Ian and I went through our own Client Questionnaire with the intention of supporting a client with a new project. In the end we simplified our original laundry list of questions to this much shorter [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:15+00:00 Categories: Development, How-To|

Carrotmob Flash Mob Activism is a Success

Earlier this week I met Brent Schulkin at EcoTuesday who shared about his Carrotmob vision: organizing consumers (via Flash Mobs) to make massive group purchases at companies who make environmentally friendly choices. After a bidding war between local businesses, K & D offered to use 22% of the day's gross [...]

2016-03-21T19:30:52+00:00 Categories: Culture|

Clinton’s Laws of Politics

Bill Clinton in 2004: "One of Clinton's laws of politics is, if one candidate is trying to scare you, and the other one is trying to make you think, if one candidate's appealing to your fears, and the other one's appealing to your hopes. You better vote for the person [...]

2017-03-31T06:20:42+00:00 Categories: Government|