Paula Goldman is vice president and founding head of the Tech and Society Solutions Lab at Omidyar Network. The Solutions Lab tests and scales interventions designed to help tech companies and civil society better anticipate, prevent, and correct issues arising from societal downsides of technology – and to maximize societal upsides.
This work builds on Paula’s previous role at Omidyar Network as the global lead for impact investing, where she created and led the firm’s global efforts to build the impact investing movement through an investment portfolio, industry partnerships, and thought leadership. She also led the creation of a pro-bono advisory practice that helped catalyze significant high net worth capital into impact investing. In 2014, Paula acted as the executive of the U.S. National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, a collaboration between the White House and executives of major financial institutions and foundations to accelerate domestic impact investing. The effort successfully catalyzed significant federal policy reforms to unlock pension fund and foundation capital.
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, Frontier Capital, and Across the Returns Continuum, and is a contributing author to publications including the Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times.