M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Board Coach Murdock Trust Board Leadership & Development

Strong and effective leadership has been the hallmark of Dr. Paula Kinney’s career. Dr. Kinney has been an educator for over 35 years, as a teacher, principal, district school administrator and adjunct professor. In addition, she has provided management and leadership training to several nonprofit organizations across the country, such as the International Black Chief Firefighter’s Organization, the National Principals Leadership Institute, and Magnet Schools of America. She also has given workshops at universities in Korea and Japan to potential teacher candidates.

Dr. Kinney began her early career with IBM as an educational support specialist. She served as a Senior School Change Coach with an outstanding non-profit organization; E3: Employers for Education Excellence, respected for a number of its’ school initiatives. She has been instrumental in motivating faculty and staff to embrace their school’s vision and mission by providing on-going support and research-based professional development opportunities. As a progressive leader and innovative practitioner, Dr. Kinney has made contributions to all levels of education and believes strongly that well educated students make for vibrant strong and healthy communities.

Dr. Kinney serves on numerous statewide and national boards and is actively involved in her community, with her passion being in education and health. Her research and publications have focused on equity and excellence through open and courageous communications based on trust and a shared vision.

Dr. Kinney received her B.A. from Yankton College (S.D.), her M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle, and Ed.D. from Lewis & Clark College.


Black Students Voices: Experiences and Perceptions Around Attending Majority Suburban High School. 2009 (Doctoral Dissertation).

Co-authored article entitled “This Isn’t The Place for Me: Dropout” in Youth at Risk: A Resource for Counselors, Teachers and Parents, published and copyrighted by the American Association for Counseling and Development.


She has served on an extensive number of community boards, including the most recent:

  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Foundation Council of Trustees
  • George Fox University
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • Antioch University Seattle
  • World Affairs Council of Oregon

For more information: paulakinneyconsulting.com

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