Solving complex social issues.

Outcomes. Collective Impact. Positive Change. 

Tad Seth Parzen, President of Parzen Civic Solutions, is a unifying force in today’s public-private partnerships for driving social outcomes. With a background spanning legal, nonprofit, philanthropy and private sector executive leadership experience, Tad brings all perspectives together to create sustainable solutions that matter.

Tad is widely regarded as a thought-leader, strategist, tactician and problem-solver for large, complex community level collective impact efforts as well as internal organizational challenges. He has designed, implemented and/or co-led large urban school district reform strategies, novel real estate solutions for public entities, groundbreaking public school management partnerships, place-based comprehensive community development efforts and other neighborhood and school based transformation efforts.

Tad also has served on numerous local and national non-profit boards and committees. He has served as an arbitrator and adjunct professor of law and has been named one of San Diego’s top attorneys. His work has been featured by local media, Harvard Business School and other journals, and in national conference settings. His passions include: public education, health, social outcomes, youth development and neighborhood development.

Together, our work can improve organizations, communities, neighborhoods and local quality of life.

quote1 I’m passionate about change that matters in people’s everyday lives within their local communities. If I can help solve the most complex and persistent challenges, the time, energy and effort it takes to work through obstacles are worth it. Together, our work can improve organizations, communities, neighborhoods and local quality of life.quote2

EXPERIENCE            Download Resume

Partnership for the City Heights Partnership for Children Executive Director
Tad created San Diego’s first “cradle to college or career” collective impact effort. He led the effort to raise multi-year resources and bring data to the center of decision-making to support achieving multiple objectives. Tad initiated and directed a cross-sector consortium, changing the way San Diego’s public, philanthropic and non-profits serve youth.

Price Charities Executive Vice President
Tad led implementation of a multi-year and multi-million dollar comprehensive philanthropic and programmatic community development place-based initiative in San Diego’s City Heights neighborhood. In that role, Tad was responsible for all grants, programs and outcomes in education, environmental, health, social service, safety and economics.

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools – General Counsel, Advisor
In his role as General Counsel and advisor, Tad provided legal, leadership, policy, strategy and implementation services to this partnership program, an initiative from the Office of former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Los Angeles Unified School District – Legal and Policy Advisor
For one of the nation’s largest school districts, Tad advised on the legal and policy facets to LA’s novel solution to large school district leadership, management and reform.

San Diego Unified School District – General Counsel
Tad was part of a leadership team that drove an education reform agenda successfully. He devised and defended numerous novel legal and business approaches that put the needs of the student first. He also co-led a management team that delivered a $1.5B facilities bond program on time, on budget and with a completed scope.

Hillyer & Irwin – Partner
Tad successfully litigated matters valued up to $300 million, was Chair of the San Diego Business Roundtable for Education and on the Board and Executive Committee of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.


  • Nonprofit management, executive leadership and strategy
  • Collective impact
  • Continuous improvement
  • Change management
  • Cross-sector problem solving and collaboration
  • Large, complex organizational management
  • Community engagement
  • Broad legal expertise for non-profits, philanthropy, school districts and schools
  • Fundraising
  • Facilitation
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Complex litigation matters


Top Attorneys in San Diego
San Diego Magazine, 2014, multiple years

AV Preeminent Attorney
LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, 2014
Highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards – 15 consecutive years

Comay Fellowship
American Jewish Committee
2003 – 2004


Foundation for La Jolla High School
Board Member, Education

United Jewish Federation of San Diego County
Board Member, Chair of the San Diego Jewish Community Relations Council Advisor to CEO and Board on Design and Implementation of New Strategic Direction
2011 – 2016

Congregation Beth El
Board Member, Chair Education Committee
2007 – 2010

American Jewish Committee
President of San Diego Chapter,
Member of National Leadership Board
2005 – 2009

Human Development Foundation
Board Member
2000 – 2003

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
Board and Executive Committee Member,
Education Committee Chair
1998 – 2001

San Diego Business Roundtable for Education
Chairman, Led business sector/public education partnership
1997 – 1999


University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law
JD, Law
Member of Law Review, Chair of McGeorge Civil Rights Symposium
1983 – 1986

University of California, Los Angeles
BA, Philosophy
UCLA Jazz Society,
UCLA Undergraduate Journal of Political Science
1978 – 1982