Paula Smith Arrigoni

Paula Smith Arrigoni is Youth Speaks’ Chief Operating Officer, directing finance, HR and operations, and the BNV Network Initiative, Youth Speaks’ multi-year organizational development and field-building program. Paula also plays an active role in managing strategic partnerships and supporting the execution of high priority programs.

Paula first began working with Youth Speaks a decade ago as a loan officer at Nonprofit Finance Fund, becoming an enthusiastic supporter. She went on to serve in the roles of lead consultant and Associate Director for NFF’s Northern California Program, directing large initiatives funded by The California Wellness Foundation, Bank of America and Blue Shield of California Foundation, which provided strategic financial management services to community clinics, women-focused organizations, domestic violence service providers, and many other types of nonprofit organizations. In addition to her positions with NFF, Paula has served as an independent consultant to small and mid-size nonprofits in finance and strategic planning, Grants Manager for Women’s Community Clinic, and Financial and Programs Analyst/Presidential Management Fellow for the US Department of the Treasury, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Paula holds a B.A. in sociology and an M.A. in urban planning, with an emphasis in community development, from UCLA. She is a zen warrior with a balance sheet and enjoys coaching nonprofit professionals about business planning and management issues. She currently serves as Treasurer of Women’s Community Clinic and is the proud mamma of four kids.