Elected November 6, 2018, as the third citizen to serve on the Metro Council for District 7, Paula proudly represents the following 25 suburban cities, and 6 neighborhoods: Bancroft, Barbourmeade, Beechwood Village, Briarwood, Crossgate, Druid Hill, Goose Creek, Graymoor-Devondale, Indian Hills, Langdon Place, Lyndon, Maryhill Estates, Meadowbrook Farm, Mockingbird Valley, Moorland, Murray Hill, Northfield, Norwood, Old Brownsboro Place, Plantation, Riverwood, Rolling Fields, St. Matthews, Windy Hills, Woodlawn Park; Autumn Ridge, Eagle Creek, Lancaster Manor, Village of Olde St. Andrews, Westmoorland, and Brownsboro Meadows.
In 2020, she serves as a member of the Metro Council's Budget, Labor & Economic Development, and Public Works Committees.
Known for her quick wit and energetic personality, Paula McCraney lives her life with the understanding that to whom much is given much is required. As a 24-year resident of the City of St. Matthews, Paula ran for a seat on the Metro Council to be a part of something greater than herself. She champions the issues that matter most to District 7 residents because she cares about our city and wants to give back to the community that has given so much to her.
Paula’s 35 years of combined professional experience in banking, human resources, public relations and government, highlights the unique qualifications and skills that she puts to good use on the Council to work effectively with other councilmembers, the mayor and city agency heads to make our neighborhoods safer and create an economy that works for everyone in our community.
Paula earned a Master’s degree from Webster University’s School of Business and Technology in Management and Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. She is a graduate of Focus Louisville (Class of 1997), Leadership Louisville (Class of 1999), and the Bingham Fellows Program (Class of 2001). In 2009, Paula was chosen and participated as a Courier-Journal Newspaper Forum Fellow.
Paula has been recognized with leadership awards by numerous organizations, including the Business and Professional Award from the Louisville Defender Newspaper, the Black History Month Community Service Award from the Louisville Metro Council, and the Woman of the Year Award from the Business and Professional Women/River City. Paula was honored as a Kentucky Colonel and Honorary Captain of the Belle of Louisville. She has also received a Distinguished Citizen award from the City of Louisville, a Community Service award from the Senate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the prestigious United States Congressional Honor for Outstanding Community Service from The United States Congress. She is a recipient of the Business First Newspaper Forty Under 40 Award, the Landmarks of Excellence Award from the Public Relations Society of America, the Peak Performance Award from PNC Bank, and the Employee Performance Award from the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office. In 2007 and 2008, Paula was featured as “Influential” in the highly-acclaimed publication, “Who’s Who – African American Profiles.” In subsequent years she is featured in the publication as a successful entrepreneur.
Throughout her career, Paula has served on several boards and commissions, including the Community Investment Team of the Metro United Way, Executive Team of Simmons College of Kentucky, the Executive Institute for the Center for Women and Families, the Kentuckiana Works Board, the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Board, the Council on Aging, and the Site Based Decision Making Council at Greathouse Elementary School and Ballard High School. She currently serves on the Citizens Commission on Police Accountability Board, and the Louisville Property Tax Assessment Appeals Board.
Paula’s love for her community is commensurate with her volunteerism and leadership roles as a community servant. Paula has served as president of the Business and Professional Women/River City organization, president of the Windhurst Acres Homeowners Association, president of the National Council of Negro Women/Louisville Section, and was a two-term member of the Executive Board of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., in Washington, D.C.
In 1999, Paula wrote a grant and was awarded $5,000 to commission a pay equity study of Louisville businesses and the Jefferson County Government. The study revealed work and pay inequities and prompted a County Commissioner to investigate. The investigation resulted in pay adjustments across the board throughout County Government, including a huge pay adjustment for the then Deputy Police Chief, who was an African American female with an equivalent job description as her male Deputy Police Chief counterpart. With the $5,000 grant, Paula also convened several female community leaders to write and publish a pay equity guide. Thousands of copies of the booklet were distributed throughout the community to nonprofit organizations and through human resource departments at select for-profit companies.
On a more personal note, Paula is married 32 years to Billy McCraney, and they have two adult sons – one, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, and one, a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. Paula enjoys reading, writing, and arithmetic. That’s right – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic! READING: She has read the Bible three times from Genesis to Revelation and is a connoisseur of historical fiction books and celebrity memoirs. Paula also sets a goal each year to read at least 10 self-help or leadership books. WRITING: Paula’s writings have been featured in various magazines and newsletters, and she has written and directed five stage plays: “Getting Past Your Past”, “He Restoreth My Soul”, “Nothing New Under the Son”, “Those Triumphant Women”, and “The Woman at the Well: The Untold Story”. ARITHMETIC: While in college, Paula tutored students in Calculus and Accounting II. A part of her diverse work experience includes a 10-year career in the banking industry. She began her financial career as a banking center branch manager and loan officer; and climbed the corporate ladder to Vice President of Retail Banking. Paula is putting her banking experience to good use as the owner of two businesses, P Mc & Associates Management Consultants, and Paula’s Boutique. The one thing people may not know about Paula – but are not the least bit surprised – she is a licensed Minister. Paula wrote her first sermon at age 13.
Councilwoman Paula is strategic enough to think outside of the box, resilient enough to not give up when facing adversity or challenges and committed enough to dig deeply and find the best possible ideas and solutions to support and protect the interest of District 7 and the community at large. As a Metro Councilwoman, Paula vows to always lead with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose; because, as she puts it so eloquently, “District 7 residents deserve VIP representation.”