Paula Goldman is vice president and global lead for Impact Investing at Omidyar Network. She leads the firm's global efforts to accelerate the impact investing industry through investments, strategic partnerships, and thought leadership. She frequently serves as an advisor to family offices, high net worth individuals, and foundations seeking to engage in impact investing, and sources co-investment opportunities through these partnerships. In 2014, she acted as Executive for the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, a partnership with the White House and G7 which helped produce significant policy changes to allow pension funds and foundations to more easily put money to work in impact investing.
A movement builder and entrepreneur by training, Paula has extensive experience leading frontier market businesses, ranging from managing an affordable private school in rural India to a micro-enterprise syndicate in post-war Bosnia. As founder and director of Imagining Ourselves, a project of the International Museum of Women, she led the creation of one of the world’s first online museums, which included a book, exhibits, and global events that attracted more than one million participants. Her work was recognized with the Social Impact Award from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and a Muse Award from the American Association of Museums.
Paula earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University, where she studied how unorthodox ideas become mainstream. She holds a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton and a B.A. with highest honors from UC Berkeley. She has been on faculty at both UC Berkeley and Mills College and was an inaugural Social Impact Fellow at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. She has co-authored several seminal pieces on impact investing, including Priming the Pump and Frontier Capital, and is a contributing author to publications including the Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times.