Paulina immigrated to Seattle, her new home, in 2016. She has designed, launched and scaled up projects to advance social impact and sustainable development in Mexico and the US. Throughout her career, Paulina has had the joy of working with rural and indigenous communities in Mexico and with the nonprofit, public, private, and corporate philanthropy sectors.
As a Mexican immigrant, Paulina’s life and work is deeply rooted in a desire to address disparities and bring actors closer together. Her work in Mexico focused on community-led development and climate change policies to address deforestation and strengthen the collective land rights of Indigenous Peoples and forest-dependent communities. More recently in the US, Paulina worked for The Starbucks Foundation where she focused on placed-based grantmaking to support small nonprofit organizations across the US and Canada. She is a former member of the City of Seattle’s Environmental Justice Committee and currently works for local government, as part of the City’s Performance and Innovation team where she supports teams to ensure funding, policies, and programs respond to the needs of disadvantaged communities and create a more resilient and equitable Seattle.
In 2018-19, she was mentor to the first, bright cohort of the Environmental Leadership Council at Y-WE. Paulina is thrilled to serve as part of Y-WE’s Board because she is inspired and amazed by the efforts led by youth, immigrants, refugees, and communities of color to advance social and environmental justice in a culturally diverse region. She is a firm believer in supporting and nurturing young women to advance the feminist movement(s) locally and globally.
A native of Mexico City, Paulina earned a BA in History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, a MSc in Environmental Policy by the University of Oxford and is a proud graduate of United Way of King County’s Project LEAD. Outside of work, you can find Paulina up in a mountain, crossing a glacier, dreaming in Spanish, or walking her rescue dogs Balam and Domino.