Paula Starr is a Cherokee citizen leading technology delivery at the Cherokee Nation, the United States’ largest federally-recognized tribe. She leads an IT department that supports 4,000 employees across the 7,000 square mile Cherokee reservation and provides service to 460,000 citizens across the United States and the globe. Paula’s team takes pride in upholding Cherokee community values while striving to provide protected and reliable services that their co-workers love and enhancing service delivery to help Cherokee citizens live better.
Paula’s professional journey has taken her from starting her career as the first female member of Cherokee Nation’s Hospitality and Gaming IT department to the leadership of private sector technology teams across multiple countries and back to her roots at the Cherokee Nation.
Paula has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Women in Technology by Technology Magazine and is the recipient of a Top 50 Technologist OnCon Icon award.
Paula holds a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Oklahoma and an Executive M.H.A. in Hospitality Administration from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.