Paola Maynard-Moll

Director of Policy

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About Paola

Paola Maynard-Moll, also known as Pao, grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She came to Massachusetts in 2002 for her undergraduate studies and has been living in the Commonwealth ever since.

Pao came to the Scholars Strategy Network in 2014 and is currently the Director of Policy. In this capacity, she oversees the policy team as they fulfill the organization's mission to connect academics with policymakers and civic leaders so their research and expertise can better inform policy. Pao is also the main point of contact for SSN's over 30 chapters, a major component of the organization's structure and effectiveness.  

Prior to SSN, Pao served for three years in the Massachusetts Legislature, most recently as the Legal Counsel for the Joint Committee on Revenue, where she focused on state fiscal policy and revenue reform. Before working on the committee, she assisted the constituents of Lexington, Woburn, and Arlington as state Representative Jay Kaufman’s Legislative Aide.

Pao graduated from Bentley College in 2006 and Northeastern University School of Law in 2011. Through Northeastern’s cooperative legal education program she previously co-op’ed in the Executive Office for Administration and Finance during Governor Deval Patrick’s administration, and in the Massachusetts Senate General Counsel’s Office. It was through these experiences in state government that Pao developed an interest, and gained experience in, state fiscal policy issues.