Paula B. Pretlow

Chair and Trustee

Paula Pretlow has served as a trustee of the Weinberg Foundation since January of 2018. Pretlow has built a career helping company leaders maximize shareholder and stakeholder value—negotiating hundreds of millions in revenue across her career. She is a former senior vice president of The Capital Group, a $2.6 trillion privately held investment management firm. While there, she headed the firm’s public fund business development and client relationship group and was also responsible for large client relationships.

Pretlow is passionately involved on foundation and nonprofit boards, including The Kresge Foundation; Northwestern University, her alma mater; and Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco. In the private sector, she serves as an independent board director of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM) and Vroom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRM).

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration in finance and economics from the University’s Kellogg School of Management. She is a 2017 fellow of Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute and has co-taught design thinking at the University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the “”) and guest lectures at the GSB.

Pretlow has been recognized with the Kellogg School of Management Wade Fetzer Award for service, The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Aiming High award, The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools’ Wall of Fame Humanitarian award, and the National Council of Jewish Women’s Outstanding Humanitarian award. A frequent speaker on leadership and diversity, appearances include Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences convocation and Groundbreakers: Women in Leadership Summit, where she shared the stage with Gloria Steinem and Ali Wentworth. Pretlow continues to write stories about her life and finds great joy in spending time with family.