Paulette has worked in the progressive movement for more than three decades on women’s rights, economic development, and philanthropy. She has held positions in foundations and nonprofit organizations, owned a philanthropic consulting practice, and served on many nonprofit boards. She founded and chaired Women’s Initiative for Self Employment for 15 years, a San Francisco nonprofit that has trained and financed over 12,000 low-income women to start microenterprises—together they have created nearly 40,000 net new jobs. Paulette also served as Chair of the Women Donors Network and as Chair of Equal Rights Advocates.
She currently serves as Chair of the Center for Community Change’s Endowment Board, based in Washington, DC; and as Treasurer of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, an international organization that makes rapid response grants to human rights defenders who are at-risk. She also manages a small family foundation in San Francisco where she lives with her spouse, David Friedman, and two yellow labs. They have three adult children.