Paula Golden, Broadcom Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education

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PROFILE: Paula Golden may be a trained lawyer with a history as a TV and radio host, but her true passion lies in science and engineering. Her Broadcom bio shares: 

Paula Golden initiates innovative partnerships with universities, non-profits and non-government organizations (NGOs) to create equitable access to STEM education, close the STEM education gap for young women and the underserved, and ensure that young people are STEM literate with the necessary skills to succeed in 21st century STEM careers.  She is a leader in the National STEM Funders Network and STEM Education Ecosystem Initiative that create collaborations among formal and informal STEM educators throughout the United States.  As a former host of community cable programs, Emmy finalist, TedX presenter and blogger for the Huffington Post, Paula promotes communication as a critical tool in STEM education.

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 developed after-school coding programs such as Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build that use the Raspberry Pi® to inspire middle schoolers to excel in algebra in order to gain access to ever-expanding career opportunities in 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 later served as Assistant Dean and Instructor of Law.  Her contributions to nonprofit leadership and to creating inclusion, equality, and access to STEM education have been recognized by the University of California at Irvine, the Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN), and the Women In Defense (WID).