Paula Pretlow has served as a Trustee of the Weinberg Foundation since January of 2018. Ms. 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.
Ms. Pretlow is passionately involved on nonprofit and foundation boards, including The Kresge Foundation; Northwestern University, her alma mater; and her synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El, in San Francisco. In the private sector, she serves as an independent board director, including the board of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE: WSM).
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 “d.school”).
Ms. Pretlow has been recognized with The Women’s Legal Defense & 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 & Sciences convocation and Groundbreakers: Women in Leadership Summit, where she shared the stage with Gloria Steinem and Ali Wentworth. Ms. Pretlow is currently writing stories about her life and working with experts in exploring what it means to be a “modern elder” in our society.