Ascencia's Board of Directors boasts a diverse array of community members who are dedicated to our cause. This month, we'd like to spotlight our Vice Chair, Paulette Ramsay Wood, who recently won a prestigious award.
On October 21st, Paulette Wood was awarded The Liberty Bell Award, by the Glendale Bar Association. The Liberty Bell award is the highest award that recognizes outstanding volunteer and philanthropic achievement. Born and raised in South Philadelphia, PA, Paulette began her career at 17 years old in the public sector working for The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, and worked on projects to remove urban blight and revitalize neighborhoods. Those efforts have resulted not only in a dramatic change to the Philly skyline but also provided much support to the neighborhood and business gentrification.
Paulette received her BA in Economics from LaSalle College, at a time when women students were only allowed to attend evening sessions. She later received her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. Both degrees were achieved while working full-time.
Paulette moved to Southern California and undertook revitalization projects in the cities of Torrance, Glendale, Garden Grove, Brea and Ontario and later with the County of Los Angeles where she served as a staff advisor on economic development issues.
She has been a resident of Glendale since the early 1980’s and has remained engaged in the Glendale Community ever since.
Together with her husband Paul, they formed the Paul N. & Paulette R. Wood Charitable Trust for charitable giving to local nonprofit organizations like Ascencia, Glendale Latino Association, Glendale Kiwanis Foundation, Glendale Police Foundation, USC Verdugo Hills Foundation, Holy Family Annual Fundraiser, Glendale Sunrise Rotary, Glendale Arts and Pasadena Humane Society just to name a few.
We offer our heart-felt congratulations to Paulette on receiving The Liberty Bell Award and for her ongoing commitment to Ascencia, and so many worthy causes!