Paula Umaña is the Director of Community Impact at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Previously she spent six years establishing and directing the Single Stop program at the Community College of Philadelphia. That national anti-poverty, multi-service model to increase college student retention was demonstrably successful at boosting students’ academic success, according to a rigorous external evaluation. Paula also launched the first Hispanic Capacity Building Institute in Philadelphia, led programming for the Pennsylvania chapter of the Center for Progressive Leadership, and provided leadership and managed day-to-day operations for the Transitional Work Corporation, promoting workforce development and self-sufficiency in urban communities of Philadelphia. Paula is a native of Bogotá, Colombia where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and is currently finishing her Master of Education degree at Temple University.
Paula’s hope: Our efforts will bring education access and attainment to the forefront of the national agenda not only as a tactic for global competitiveness but as a fundamental strategy for the well-being of our communities.