Paula was born and educated in Stockton, California,
attending University of the Pacific and majoring in
International Relations. She spent ten years as a teacher
and administrator at the American Farm School in
Thessaloniki, Greece -- followed by consulting and working
for non-profit organizations when she returned to the U.S.
and a 6-year stint managing opera singers for her own
company. In New York City, Paula was involved in a myriad
of community efforts, which has also been the case since
moving to Miami in 1994. She headed the Miami Shores Brockway Memorial Library
Building Fund and serves on Executive Committee of the Miami-Dade County
Commission for Women. Paula served two terms as president of the National Women's
Political Caucus of Florida (2001-2005). During that time, she worked on the Janet Reno
for Florida Governor campaign and later served as Deputy Campaign Manager on the
Carol Moseley Braun for President campaign based in Chicago.
In 2002 Paula was a Miami-Dade "In the Company of Women" honoree for her work and
was honored with the NWPC/FL 2005 "Elaine Gordon Leadership Award."
As a writer and commentator, she is a committed advocate for the creation of a real
power base for women by electing many more women. Paula also publishes and
maintains her own website (www.equalrepresentation.org) as a hub for strategies like
"Every OPEN SEAT A Woman's Seat" and related issues/information.