Paula Linnen has held a number of key leadership roles at PNNL over the past two decades. As Director of External Relations, she currently leads PNNL's federal and state legislative affairs; public outreach; as well as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education efforts.
She joined PNNL in 1991 and was named Director of Human Resources in 1996, a position she held until assuming leadership for Organizational Development in 2007. In that role, she directed the national laboratory's human resources, communications, and education efforts. Paula helped advance PNNL's and Battelle's foundational roles in the creation of Delta High School, the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, and the Mid-Columbia STEM Education Collaboratory. She also led the creation and expansion of PNNL University, a suite of rigorous leadership development and training programs held at PNNL for its executives, managers, project managers, scientists and engineers.
Paula is currently a committee member for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center National Accelerator Laboratory Board of Overseers; a member of the Washington State STEM Education Foundation board of directors; and a board member and academic committee chair for Heritage University in Toppenish, Wash. She is a past board member of the March of Dimes and the Advisory Council for Washington State University Tri-Cities; past board chair for Columbia Industries; and past vice chair for the Tri-Cities Chapter of the Society of Human Resources Managers.
Her volunteerism has not gone unrecognized. Paula has been the recipient of the Benton-Franklin County Volunteer Center's "Golden Heart Award" for volunteer excellence of a board member. She also received the ATHENA Leadership Award for supporting, honoring and developing women leaders, an award recognized nationally through local chapters of the Chamber of Commerce.
The St. Louis native earned her bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from the University of Missouri.