OrenÂ is an experienced youth development program developer and practitioner with over 15 years working with young people in the Bay Area. He was also a field researcher for the Community Network for Youth Development, studying the correlation between youth development organizational practices and youth development outcomes. In 2002, Oren developed a conference center for the California Endowmentâ€™s new center for health providers in downtown Los Angeles.
In 2003, OrenÂ co-founded the MMG Foundation, dedicated to Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) in California public schools. In May 2006, he became executive director of Visual Understanding in Education (VUE), the national organization that implements VTS in the United States and abroad, reaching over 75,000 students. In that role he directed the national team of VTS trainers in the development of elementary school program implementation and assessment tools. Slozberg is a senior trainer in VTS who has led over 60 VTS trainings.
Oren joined Commonweal in 2013, where he works closely with Commonweal Co-Founder and President Michael Lerner developing sustainability and organizational development strategies for future programming. As director of the EDGE program at Commonweal, Slozberg is exploring the developing of group intelligence through engagement with the arts.