Paula Umaña
Director of Community Impact

Higher Ed

  • Workforce development
  • Low-income students
  • Minority students
  • Mobility
  • Social networks
  • Access
  • Financial aid
  • Community colleges
  • Poverty
  • Urban education

Paula Umaña is the director of community impact at the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University where she provides technical assistance and translates research findings into useful tools and techniques for higher education institutions and their key stakeholders. Umaña launched the first Hispanic Capacity Building Institute in Philadelphia and led programming for the Pennsylvania chapter of the Center for Progressive Leadership. Most recently, she served as single stop director at Community College of Philadelphia, where she led efforts to secure students’ basic needs, promoting their academic success and degree completion. She is a native of Bogotá, Colombia where she obtained a bachelor’s degree from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and has a master’s degree in education from Temple University.