Willow Aray grew up in North Carolina and in the rugged mountains of Colorado. She moved to Monterey in 2009 to pursue her MPA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies where she studied International Development, Global Policy, Non-profit Management and French. Passionate about social justice, she has been serving Monterey County’s most vulnerable populations for the past ten years, always utilizing a healing-informed approach when addressing systemic inequities that cause individual and societal trauma. This heartfelt work inspired Willow to more fully engage in her own journey of healing from loss and navigating transition as she came to recognize theses times as not only difficult and isolating but truly sacred as well. As the Executive Director of Papillon, she is honored to stand guard over those profoundly transitional experiences that leave us forever changed.
She spends her free time creating art, training her dog, dancing, playing her Ukulele, raising her son and exploring all the vast and beautiful landscapes that California has to offer.