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Heather Paulson

What is your profession? How do you spend your days?

I’m the Sr Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at Nike. I spend my days thinking about how to help Nike grow in a profitable, sustainable and premium way.


What do you like to do for fun?

I love spending time with my family. We take full advantage of the Pacific Northwest by hiking, skiing, playing soccer outside, and backyard barbecues. I also enjoy traveling and reading.  


What is your favorite spot in Oregon to visit?

There are many amazing places – cannon beach, timberline, wine country, multnomah falls, and smith rock are some of my favorites.


What have you been inspired by lately?

 The evolution of SVPP – see below.


Why do you value Social Venture Partners?

I am inspired by the idea of involved philanthropy, but have been absolutely blown away by the organization’s openness to self-examination. By continuing to value action and results, and by questioning whether we can do better despite measureable past success, SVPP continues to raise the bar. I am so excited about the new ready for kindergarten focus and believe that we are well positioned to have an outsized impact on kids in Multnomah County.