Paulette Meyer

Paulette has worked in the progressive movement for more than three decades on women’s rights, human rights, civic engagement, economic development, and philanthropy.  She has held positions in foundations and nonprofit organizations, had a philanthropic consulting practice, and served on many nonprofit boards.  She is currently Vice Chair of the Alliance for Justice in Washington, DC, and serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, an international organization that makes rapid response grants to at-risk human rights defenders.  She is also on the Endowment Board of the Center for Community Change, in Washington, DC.

Paulette founded and chaired Women’s Initiative for Self Employment for 15 years, a San Francisco nonprofit that trained and financed over 12,000 low-income women to start microenterprises – adding nearly 40,000 new jobs to the Bay Area economy.

Other prior Board service includes: The Center for Community Change (Vice Chair and Treasurer), Equal Rights Advocates (Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer), the Women Donors Network (Chair, Secretary), Futures without Violence, New America Media, the National Partnership for Women and Families, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

Paulette and her spouse, David Friedman have a small family foundation which she manages.  It is focused on human rights, anti-poverty work and the Built Environment.      They live in San Francisco and have three adult children, and two yellow labs.