Ms. Younger provides leadership for the College’s government and community relations program, including maintaining effective political advocacy efforts at the local, state, and federal level, and leveraging local community partnerships. She serves as a principal point of contact for state and federal legislators and local public officials, and assists businesses and community groups in connecting to College resources.
Prior to joining Ithaca College, from 2006 to 2018 Paula served as Deputy County Administrator for Tompkins County, New York. For nearly 15 years, Mr. Younger worked in the private, for-profit contracting arena providing specialized expertise in creating and leading federally funded national technical assistance initiatives. In this capacity, she worked extensively with federal, state, and local government entities, higher education, and community-based organizations across 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific Island territories. Her professional appointments included Director of the federal Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center; Director of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Training and Technical Assistance Center; and Division Director for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Leadership Institute.
Paula is active in her community serving as member of the Board of Trustees for Kendal At Ithaca; member of the Board of Directors for the Cayuga Health System; member of the Board of Directors for the Cayuga Medical Center; and Board of Directors for the Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) Foundation, Inc.
Paula holds a Master of Science degree in human services administration from Springfield College, and a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disorders from Hampton University.