Paula Cleave - Executive Director
Paula Cleave grew up in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, a small town about halfway between Minneapolis and Fargo. Paula has four sisters and one brother, and as her parents both came from large families, she has 53 first cousins! Growing up in a small town close to grandparents and family had its advantages and she still goes “home” to visit her mother and her many aunts and uncles who continue to reside there even during the coldest days of winter.
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in business administration, Paula moved to the Chicago area. She began work at the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1986. Over her long tenure at the ABA, Paula was involved in all facets of membership, including recruitment/retention, benefit creation, rebranding, operations, and customer service. She also headed up the corporate relations and sponsorship area. In her most recent position, Paula was the division director of membership and responsible for the ABA’s 400,000 member and $55 million dues revenue goal. Paula enjoyed a successful 32+ year career at the ABA, and in leaving, she chose to find a position that allows her to make a difference with a small nonprofit.