Paula Collins

Paula Collins

Paula Collins, ‎Founder and Chief Executive Officer at WDG Ventures Inc

"A few years ago a colleague of mine Vivian Stephenson recognized that, as a leader, I was involved in resolving a number of complex and intertwined issues. Her advice: 'Paula remember to keep the main thing, the main thing.’ Simple advice, and I don't think she coined the phrase, but it is very helpful at times when I feel overwhelmed.” 

Founded by Paula in 1988, WDG Ventures is a real estate development and consulting firm. Their portfolio includes residential and commercial real estate in Northern California, among them urban mixed use projects in that encourage economic and community development. In 2004, Paula founded Portfolio Real Estate Consulting (PRC) which provides development management services to both for profit and non-profit initiatives. Clients have included a range of Bay Area corporations, among them Boudin Bakeries and Glide Economic Development Corporation, the latter of which was developing affordable housing in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. 

In 2012 and again in 2015, Paula was appointed by President Obama to the board of the Presidio Trust. She currently serves as the board’s chair. 

Photograph via Biz Journals 

Jennifer Scully-Lerner

Jennifer Scully-Lerner

Alexandra Lebenthal

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