Paula Goldman is an entrepreneur, anthropologist and movement strategist. She leads Omidyar Network’s global efforts to accelerate the impact investing industry through a combination of investments, strategic partnerships, and thought leadership. She also acts as an advisor on advocacy and influence efforts across Omidyar Network investment initiatives. Paula has served on a number of industry advisory boards–including PEERS and the Harvard Business Review’s Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact—and is an inaugural Social Impact Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She also serves an advisor to a number of tech start-ups.
Born in Singapore, Paula has lived in eight countries across four continents. Paula came to Omidyar Network with extensive background in frontier markets enterprise, managing businesses ranging from an affordable private school in rural India to a micro-enterprise syndicate in post-war Bosnia. She has led innovations that harness the potential of technology, advocacy and entertainment. 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, alongside a book, traveling exhibits and series of global events with more than a million participants. This work was recognized with the 2007 Social Impact Award from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and a 2008 Muse Award from the American Association of Museums.
Paula earned a PhD from Harvard University, where she studied how unorthodox ideas become mainstream. She holds a masters in public affairs from Princeton and a BA with highest honors from UC Berkeley. She has been on faculty at both UC Berkeley and Mills college and contributes as an author to outlets such as the Financial Times, HBR.org, and Huffington Post.