Paulette Martin

Chief Operating Officer, Community Solutions

Paulette offers her favorite quote by Nelson Mandela as a guiding principle in her life and her career: “Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely daydreaming, but vision with action can change the world.” The power of these words is clearly reflected in her 20 years of experience leading finance, HR, operations, and IT functions with an equity lens.

As a senior executive and social justice non-profit leader, Paulette puts equity, organizational culture, and staff growth and well-being at the forefront of her strategic interventions, policies, and practices.

Paulette believes in managing, motivating, and supporting teams through visible leadership, creativity and direct communication. She believes that HR, operational, and financial systems and policies are tools to help shape organizational cultures and spaces where staff feel resourced and empowered to lead and help the organization reach its mission.

Paulette served as the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration of Race Forward, the largest multiracial racial justice organization. There, her racial justice lens and competencies were sharpened and put into practice. At the beginning of Covid-19, Paulette led the organization in ensuring the care, safety, and well-being of staff that truly centered the experiences of black and brown staff most impacted by the pandemic.

At Community Solutions, Paulette oversees operations, human resources, and technology. She enables the organization to bring the most effective, efficient, and high performing team, tools and practices to the work of supporting communities to end homelessness. In her role, Paulette drives the integration of racial equity work into hiring, purchasing, organizational culture, strategic planning, and measurement.

Paulette’s work and leadership are inspired by her parents, who, at their core, were passionate about encouraging people to reach their highest potential, and creating spaces for open dialogue to enhance racial justice.

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