Paula Chaon

Paula Chaon is the VP in Technology for Citigroup.  She is responsible for educational initiatives including Women in IT and the Future of IT which represents a talent development pipeline from middle school through college to career.   More than 10,000 girls have been impacted by the Women in IT program and Citi is committed to employing more than 20 high school interns annually.  Citi’s expansion will include two Citi sponsored Career Academies and an Early College program focused on cybersecurity.

Prior to Citi, Paula was the Director for Career Education for St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) in St. Augustine, Florida where she oversaw 16 career academies that represent the region’s high-skill, high-wage industries. Under her leadership, SJCSD was designated as a Ford Next Generation Learning Communities (NGL).  During her tenure, St. Johns County has had six Career Academies designated as national model academies. 

Paula serves nationally on Ford’s Leadership Council for Ford NGL and until her departure for Citi she served as the Chair for the Northeast Florida Career Academy Council which governs the regional academies of Duval and five surrounding counties. She has worked on the Northeast Florida College Access Network committee, JAXUSA Partnership’s Education and Workforce Development committee, and Chamber’s STEM committee.  She is currently a member of the Regional STEM Hub Advisory board. 

She was a member of the Florida Department of Education State Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education and   She is nationally certified as Career Academy Evaluator for the National Career Academy Coalition using the National Standards of Practice.  Paula served in an advisory board role for the Florida Association of Career and Technical Education (FACTE)’s Career Academy Division.  

Prior to the District, Paula worked as the Senior Director of Education and Workforce Development at the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.   In this capacity she was responsible for the oversight of regional Education and Workforce initiatives including:  

  • Career Academies regional strategic planning
  • School Partners 
  • Work Keys 
  • It’s Uncool to Miss School – a truancy awareness program

Paula also served on Business Leadership Network Board, WorkSource, the First Coast’s Workforce Development Board Youth Committee, National Career Academy Coalition, the Jacksonville Community Council Inc.’s Attract and Retaining Talent Study, the National Academy of Finance Advisory Board and various other Career Academy boards. 

Paula earned her Masters in Educational Leadership with North Central University and Bachelors from Southwest Missouri State University.