Natalye Paquin is the chief executive officer of Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Prior to joining Points of Light in 2017, Natalye served as chief transformation officer at Girl Scouts of the USA, where she was responsible for leading innovation, integration, the mitigation of risks, and communication of the movement’s strategy, and served as the key face and spokesperson for aligning and unifying the Girl Scouts federation of 112 councils around the strategy. Natalye also served five years as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, overseeing $40 million in assets, a $17 million annual operating budget, and a workforce of 450 including part time and seasonal employees. Pennsylvania’s largest girl-serving organization and among the largest Girl Scouts councils in the nation, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania served nearly 40,000 girls ages 5-18 with the support of 14,000 adult volunteers. Prior to Girl Scouts, Natalye was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Kimmel Center Inc. from 2006-2010, where she oversaw a $35 million budget and directed the center’s day-to-day operations across three venues; the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music, and the Merriam Theater.
Moving to Philadelphia from Chicago in 2002, Natalye served in two key leadership roles for the School District of Philadelphia, as chief of staff until 2004, and then as chief operating officer until 2006. She was managing deputy commissioner for the City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation from 2001-2002. Prior to that, she worked with the Chicago Public Schools from 1994-2001, as an attorney, senior adviser to the board president, and chief purchasing officer, where she was responsible for $1 billion in annual expenditures. Her work in education began as a regional attorney with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, managing cases across six mid-western states from 1989 to 1994. Natalye began her career in private practice as a litigation attorney in 1986, admitted to the Illinois Bar and U.S. District Court, N.D.IL.
Natalye has corporate board committee experience on risk, governance, compensation and technology, as chair. She currently serves as director of UNIVEST Corporation of Pennsylvania, and former director of National Penn Bancshares, 2006-2016. She is a trustee of Rosemont College and serves on the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. She is a former board member of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and is immediate past board chair of the Philadelphia Award Foundation. A committed volunteer, throughout her career Natalye has served as a director on several nonprofit boards in the arts and education.
Natalye has been recognized by the Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania and named among the Philadelphia Tribune Magazine Philadelphia’s Most Influential African Americans for seven consecutive years. She was recognized as an Aspen Institute Ideas Festival scholar, and has received the Philadelphia Smart CEO Brava! award, Philadelphia Business Journal Woman of Distinction award, Philadelphia Business Journal Minority Business Leader award, and Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania Governance award. She has been profiled in several professional magazines, and was a guest of the United States Air Force JAG National Civic Leaders Tour, where she visited four U.S. Airforce bases via KC-10 military aircraft.
Natalye earned her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University. She was a national fellow of the Broad Urban Superintendents Academy and completed executive education programs at Harvard and Loyola Business Schools. A world traveler, Natalye has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, Europe, North & South America, and the Caribbean. She is a philanthropist and supports the arts and education causes.