Paula Vasquez Alzate joined McKnight in October 2020 and is currently the program and grants associate for Vibrant & Equitable Communities with the Grants & Program Operations department. In this role, Paula supports all aspects of the grantmaking process for Vibrant & Equitable Communities grantee partners. Paula is passionate about developing internal grantmaking tools and processes that foster ongoing learning, while keeping equity at the core of her and the Foundation’s work.

During her tenure, Paula has provided administrative and operations support to the Vibrant & Equitable Communities and Arts & Culture programs, and assisted with the Lake Street Alignment project, grantmaking redesign effort, and the Ford ACT initiative. She has dedicated her career to working with underrepresented communities. Equity is at the core of her work as she strives to support systems change.

Bago ang McKnight, nagtrabaho si Paula sa The Cowles Center bilang isang education at community engagement coordinator at sa Northrop bilang isang development intern (parehong mga organisasyon ay mga McKnight grantees). Sinusuportahan niya ang kumpanya ng sayaw na Black Label Movement bilang isang miyembro ng board at isang dating kumpanya ng paglipat.

Siya ay mayroong bachelor of fine arts degree sa sayaw mula sa University of Minnesota at kasalukuyang kumukuha ng MBA sa Carlson School of Management. Si Paula ay ipinanganak at lumaki sa Colombia at lumipat sa Estados Unidos noong 2014. Siya ay nanirahan sa New York City at Miami at kasalukuyang naninirahan sa Minneapolis.