The Rio Grande Catholic and the Office of Education for the Diocese of El Paso want to recognize the exciting and innovative things our alumni are doing here in El Paso and around the world.
Name: Paula Feinberg
Current Occupation/Job Title:Senior Vice President, Wealth Management
Interest, Activities, Clubs, and Professional Organizations:My interests are philanthropy, travel, cooking and art. I am a founding member and active board member of Chiapas International in Dallas, an organization that has raised millions of dollars for micro loans for women living under 2 dollars a day. I sit on the Board of Trustees for Loretto Academy in El Paso. I enjoy traveling, to New York and San Francisco for the theater, and every summer on a new beach or big city adventure with my son Agustin, my two nieces Lily and Victoria, two nephews Matthew and Nathan, and friends. I love entertaining small groups, hosting parties, collecting art on my travels, and speaking in public about my passion: abundance in thought and action.
Greatest Professional Accomplishment:
Years ago, while working in the South Bronx, I collaborated with community and political leaders to take a 2 million dollar streetscape improvement project that was stalled for almost 10 years and inspire it through approval by the NY City Council for implementation in an emerging antiques district among the abandoned buildings of Bruckner Boulevard. Today, the district has grown to include art galleries, new housing and thriving businesses.
What Catholic school(s) did you attend?
I attended Loretto Academy Middle School and High School.
What was the most valuable lesson – inside or outside the classroom – you learned while attending Catholic school(s)?
I learned that dialogue and questioning is essential to finding clarity in our lives while remaining open minded and open hearted to different approaches and world views.
What teacher/staff member/classmate most influence you?
Collectively, the Sisters of Loretto and the lay teachers who were attracted by the values of Loretto all inspired me to be gracious in leadership, abundant in service, grateful for the women who came before me, loyal to their legacy, and mindful of leaving the world better.
How did your Catholic School Education prepare you for what you are doing today?
Service was a sanctified calling. Through my work as a wealth manager, taking care of families across generations, or young professionals with a vision for their futures, I serve their needs and counsel their paths toward fulfilling God’s mission for their lives.
Why do you think Catholic Education is so important?
Education rooted in the values of service, leadership, ethics and social justice is a powerful foundation. A Catholic education helps young people find their unique voice and guides them to balance the demands of the material world with the spiritual life of Christ’s teachings.
How are Catholic Schools shaping the future?
I think the most critical success of Catholic Education is providing top minds from economically disadvantaged families and communities the opportunities to develop their talents and become leaders that will change the world in small and big ways.
What advice do you have for current students?
Don’t worry so much about your grades, the race to the right college. Pursue failure and making mistakes because you are challenging your limits and taking risks that will teach you how to give your best to others, not just simply being the best at something. When you act from a giving heart, a quiet one that needs no public recognition or validation from the outside world, then you are hearing God’s voice speak to you and fulfilling your greater calling. The recognition that comes with this is an unexpected surprise and so much more rewarding.
What was your favorite Catholic School experience/moment?
There are many treasured moments for me at Loretto, but being voted top graduating senior by the faculty, which was sponsored by the El Paso Electric Company at the time, was an honor I still cherish. It encouraged me to continue giving in leadership, of my time, and my heart not for the sake of validation, but out of a sense of purpose to serve and a love of taking risks that might just quietly change the world around me.