Paula Figueroa-Vega is a dedicated professional with over 20 years of progressive experience working in social service non-profit management and higher education administration. Paula’s passion is working with organizations that help inspire and motivate people to achieve their highest potential, increase their own power and achieve personal success. Her career, in both administration and direct service, has provided her the privilege to work with family and children’s services, recent immigrants, and survivors of interpersonal violence.
Most recently, she worked at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) as the Director of the Bonner Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. In this role, she led the Bonner Community Scholars program and the First Year Community Engaged Learning program. Her favorite projects at TCNJ include leading several service delegations to Nicaragua, establishing the first community garden at the College, providing platforms for the community to regularly discuss social justice issues and largely expanding programs in her department. In 2016, Paula and her team were recipients of TCNJ’s Helen Shaw Staff Excellence & Special Achievement Award. Paula was a founding member of El Centro de Recursos para Familias, a Catholic Charities program in Trenton, NJ. Her connection to Womanspace, Inc. dates back to 1995 and she credits that experience as opening doors to her career.
Paula holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Rutgers University (GO Scarlet Knights!). Paula loves to write and has been journaling most of her life. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and near her sister and mother; they are the cornerstone of her life. Lucky, the Beagle of the house, resides with them as well.