Paula works with individual donors and organizational funders to re-think their philanthropic giving by layering on political and advocacy funding while building more robust and diversified investment strategies for social change. She is also focused on coaching boards and executive leaders through clear, goal oriented strategic thinking processes that help them prioritize fundraising strategies that help them retain strong, long-term workforce to execute their mission.
She was the founding Executive Director of New Hampshire Progress Alliance, New England's first pooled investment fund for incubating durable, permanent progressive infrastructure. New Hampshire Progress Alliance raised over $1 Million in its first year and is re-shaping the political and investment norms in one of the most powerful national battleground states in the country.
In 2011, Paula moved to Rhode Island to lead the Public Policy & Governmental Relations team at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. In 2014 she moved to New Hampshire to take up the mantle as State Director for America Votes, the state’s largest electoral coalition and voting rights advocacy organization. She hails from Missouri and previously served as the Political Director for Missouri National Education Association, the state’s largest union. She also served as State Director for America Votes in Missouri and started her career as Deputy Policy Director for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.
Paula is a proud product of public schools from Kindergarten to to post graduate. She became interested in politics while serving as a Congressional Page in high school, appointed by the late Congressman Ike Skelton.
Having spent the last fourteen years coaching individuals and nonprofits on how to build influence and power, Paula believes we can inspire change by mentoring, coaching and asking new, diverse and entrepreneurial people to take up leadership in nonprofits, NGOs, business and government.
Anchor Strategies is both a personal and professional passion project and social enterprise rooted in Paula and her team’s desire to build a deeper, more intentional progressive pipeline across New England. Paula was the founding Chair of New Leaders Council NH and is a national ambassador for the organization. She enjoys hiking in the mountains, entertaining friends, taking in New England’s food scene, dabbling in culinary arts and traveling throughout the country and globe.
TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY
Cultural and Political Advocacy, 2007
UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Peter T. Paul School College of Business and Economics, 2017
Activities & Affiliations
•National Ambassador, New Leaders Council
•Founder, New Leaders Council NH
•Advisory Council, New Leaders Council RI