Commissioner Paula Sardinas
Paula F. Sardinas' career spans 25 years working in Telecom, Engineering, Banking, IT, STEM (Financial Literacy) and Public Policy. Having previously served as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Northwest Credit Union Association based in SeaTac, Washington and HAPO Community Credit Union as the Vice President of Innovation and Transformation. Sardinas was responsible for transforming HAPO’s strategic business strategy across the organization into a digital platform for the future to increase brand awareness and new member deposit accounts. Creating the HAPO Academy, which is focused on Financial Literacy and Stem Education is integral to her new role. In 2019, she launched several STEM Programs in both Eastern and SW Washington with partnerships with FEPPP, EverFi, nConnect, VPSD, EPSF and Girls, Inc. under the HAPO Academy branding. Creating diverse and inclusive programs, Sardinas believes STEM education creates a path to all communities regardless of socioeconomic background and status--pathways that allow each student to select the path that is right for them. " Savvy financial consumer--own their future. My goal is to ensure communities of color—harness this power and control their financial future."
As a former member of AT&T Florida’s Legislative & Regulatory Affairs team, Sardinas lead and implemented statewide, the development of legislative tactics and strategies on federal, state, and local issues that impacted the company. As of 2020, she serves as a Gubernatorial appointment to both FEPPP and the Commission on African American Affairs.
Sardinas earned her AA and BBA from Columbia College in Missouri and is pursuing an MBA at the College of William & Mary ('20). She has also worked with and for the Administrations of Presidents, Clinton, Bush, and Obama on various programs to increase opportunities and access for women and children.