Paulina is a first generation Dominican-American born and raised in New York City. In 2014 she obtained a journalism degree from The University in Houston. Following that, she spent a year working at The Desert Sun in Palm Springs reporting on the Eastern Coachella Valley.
In 2016 she joined the Coachella Unincorporated team. During this time Paulina has been able to further develop her two passions: storytelling and being able to help youth to realize their true potential. In 2017 Paulina was one of 20 emerging nonprofit leaders chosen to participate in the Next Generation Leaders of Color Inland Region, a year-long leadership development program. Paulina is currently pursuing a professional certificate in nonprofit management at the University of California Riverside.
Paulina is fluent in Spanish and also taught herself to read and write Korean and hopes to visit South Korea soon.