Paula Fernandez Baca

Paula Fernandez-Baca is a Partner, Strategy within Transcend’s Strategic Partnerships & Opportunities team, where she leads efforts around revenue strategy, annual planning, and overall team integration. Prior to Transcend, Paula has had a diverse decade-long career encompassing experiences in the charter sector, fundraising and strategy consulting.  

Paula began her career as a Teach For America corps member, teaching 5th & 6th grade at KIPP 3D Academy in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Afterwards, she moved to San Francisco, California to first work with the KIPP Foundation on their national fundraising team, and then with KIPP Bay Area on their community engagement efforts opening new KIPP schools in Oakland and East Palo Alto. She then returned to the fundraising world with Teach For America-Bay Area, raising millions from national and local philanthropic foundations. After graduating from business school, Paula returned to Texas to work in management consulting with Bain & Company, working on strategic projects ranging from organizational design & talent, climate change advocacy, aerospace operations, and pro-bono education. Paula is thrilled to be back in the social impact space and live into her values around equity and justice as she supports Transcend’s growth over time.

Paula received her BA in International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from the U.C Berkeley Haas School of Business. She lives in Houston, Texas with her wonderful dog, Chico.


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