Paula Golden initiates innovative partnerships with nonprofits, universities and non-government organizations (NGOs) to elevate STEM literacy and create equitable access to STEM education, close the STEM education gap for women and underrepresented groups, and ensure that young people are empowered with the 21st century skills needed to succeed in STEM careers. She is a leader in the National STEM Funders Network and STEM Education Ecosystem Initiative which create collaborative partnerships among formal and informal STEM educators and advocate throughout the United States and abroad.
Paula spearheads the Broadcom MASTERS® and Broadcom MASTERS® International, world-renowned middle school science and engineering competitions of the Society for Science & the Public, that enable students to become future scientists, engineers and innovators by encouraging them to elect requisite math and science courses in high school. She has created partnerships such as Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build, the Girl Scouts Orange County STEM badge, Raspberry Jam and Coolest Projects. These programs deploy the Raspberry Pi® to inspire students of all ages to learn coding and related math-principles courses such as algebra in order to access ever-expanding career opportunities that require knowledge of engineering and computer science.
Paula earned her B.A. in English and Education from Wellesley College and her J.D. cum laude from New England School of Law where she served as Assistant Dean and Instructor of Law. As a former host of community cable programs, an Emmy finalist, a TedX presenter and a blogger for the Huffington Post, The Hill and Medium, Paula utilizes media relations and social networking to communicate that STEM innovation is essential to advancing society, ensuring sustainability and improving quality of life for all.
Paula’s contributions to non-profit thought leadership and creating inclusion and equality in STEM education have been widely recognized, including awards and accolades from the University of California at Irvine, Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) and the Women in Defense (WID).