Paula Marincola was named the first executive director of The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in June 2008. In that capacity, she leads the organization in developing and implementing its strategic agenda as both grantmaker and hub for knowledge-sharing, guiding and aligning the Center's programs in the service of its mission "to foster a vibrant cultural community in Greater Philadelphia." Philadelphia Magazine recognized Marincola in its 2016 “Revolutionary Bosses” cover story, featuring leaders who have “made bold thinking the new way to do business in Philly.” The magazine also name her one of the city’s most influential people in its 2014 “Power Issue.”
The Center makes project grants in two areas, Performance and Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, as well as awarding grants to individual artists through its Pew Fellowships. The Center also makes Advancement grants, substantial awards to high-performing organizations seeking to make lasting improvements to their programming, audience engagement, and financial health. In 2016 the Center awarded over $10 million in grants, making possible numerous performing arts events, as well as history and visual arts exhibitions and other public programs for audiences in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.
Prior to coming to the Center, she was a curator of contemporary art at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, and Arcadia University, and an art critic published internationally. Marincola was born in Philadelphia, PA and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in art history of Syracuse University.