Paula Harris is the associate vice president, community outreach and engagement, Jewish United Fund/Jewish of Metropolitan Chicago. In this position, she oversees JUF’s Birthright Israel program, Masa Israel Journey recruitment and engagement, The Center for Jewish Genetics, the Chicago Jewish community’s annual Israel solidarity day and various aspects of young adult engagement. At JUF/JF, Paula has served in numerous positions including: associate vice President, interdepartmental affairs, director of the Jewish Federation's Centennial and General Assembly, and associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Prior to joining the Jewish Federation staff in 1991, she served in various positions in policy analysis at the City of Chicago Department Planning. At the beginning of her Jewish communal career, she worked at the Ark.
Paula received her bachelor of arts from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and a masters of arts from The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. In addition, she spent a year studying at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.