Paula Kinney

Senior Coaching Consultant

Paula Kinney is an experienced executive coach and consultant specializing in leadership training and organizational development. With over 35 years of experience, she has worked with national nonprofit organizations and currently serves on various statewide and national boards.

Background & Experience

Dr. Kinney began her early career in education as a middle and high school English teacher, principal, and district school administrator. Her experiences include working in the business world with the IBM Corporation as a marketing support representative. 

Her acquired expertise as an executive coach includes strategic planning, board development, effective communication skills, cultural proficiency awareness, and philanthropy. Presently she is a consultant for Murdock Charitable Trust, one of the largest foundations in the Northwest, where she provides leadership training in building and improving organizations and developing effective organizational leadership.     

She has served on several non-profit boards, including Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation Council of Trustees; Providence St. Vincent Heart Advisory Board; Portland State University Foundation Board; George Fox University Board of Trustees; CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Board of Trustees; Antioch University Seattle Board of Trustees, and World Affairs Council of Oregon Board of Trustees.

Dr. Kinney holds a B.A. from Yankton College, South Dakota, an M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University, Seattle, and an Ed.D. from Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon. She is also a published author of the book “The Delicate Dance: Living White Being Black.” 

Coaching Approach

Paula’s coaching approach empowers her clients to become effective leaders based on three essential components: open and honest communication, inquiry, and listening for understanding. Her coaching style is to build a positive relationship based on trust that supports an organization and/or individuals to achieve their intended mission and goal.