As executive director for government and community relations, Paula works collaboratively with the president’s Senior Leadership Team to develop productive, mutually beneficial relationships with the local community and to advance the college’s interests with federal, state, and local government. As the chief advisor to the president and the board of trustees on governmental affairs policies and strategies, Paula serves as a principal point of contact for state and federal legislators and local public officials. She also works with various campus partners to assist businesses and community groups in connecting to college resources.
Prior to joining Ithaca College, Paula served as deputy county administrator for Tompkins County, New York, from 2006 to 2018. Additionally, she worked nearly 15 years in the private, for-profit contracting arena, providing specialized expertise in creating and leading federally funded national technical assistance initiatives. In this capacity, her appointments included director of the 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; and member of the Board of Directors for the Cayuga Medical Center. She also participates as an enthusiastic second soprano with the Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers.
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.