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Meet the Women of OPIC: Paula Molloy, Ph.D.

March is National Women's History Month, a time to recognize the contributions that women have made to our nation. Everyday throughout the month of March, we will feature one of OPIC's 126 women employees in our Meet the Women of OPIC series. Learn about our diverse workforce and what inspires them to work for the Agency.

Paula Molloy, Ph.D.

Vice President, Human Resources Management


photo, official photo of Paula Molloy, Vice President Human Resources, OPIC, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Women of OPIC, women, developing countries, emerging markets, public diplomacy, national security​​​​​​​Tell us a little about yourself:

I’m trained as an anthropologist, and started my Federal career over two decades ago at the Smithsonian Institution. Over time, I began to work more in the areas of employee development and agency policy, and transitioned to human resources. Most of my experience has been with large Federal agencies delivering services to U.S. citizens. With OPIC, I’m part of an enterprise that reaches beyond the U.S. to touch individuals and communities across the globe. In support of OPIC’s mission, I want to bring the very best talent to our organization, and foster the continued development of a staff that is truly world-class. ​​​​​​​

What do you like best about working at OPIC?

I appreciate that OPIC values the health and well-being of its employees, and looks for opportunities to support their work-life balance.

Is there a woman who has inspired you?

The woman who inspires me most is my maternal grandmother, who emigrated from eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Although she was never formally educated, she valued learning and hard work, and passed those values down to her children and grandchildren.

Will you tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

I love foreign movies of all types, from silent pictures to contemporary cinema. Many are not just great entertainment, but a chance to view another culture in a way that’s both personal and historical.




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