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PLP 2017 Profile: Paula Jasinski

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Name:

Paula Jasinski

Birthplace and/or where you grew up:

Virginia's Northern Neck (Warsaw)

Current Digs:

Richmond

Occupation:

Environmental consultant

Favorite part about the job:

explaining how environmental protections are relevant to everyone!

Your first job ever:

Cashier

Favorite Book:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. The book is written about the aftermath of 9/11 to one family from 9-year old Oskar Schell's point of view. It's heart wrenching and heart warming at the same time. Even though 9/11 and NYC are the backdrops to the story, it's about so much more and Foer writes it all brilliantly. I've re-read this book at least three times.

Comfort Food:

Roast chicken and vegetables

What’s playing in your car right now?

Business related podcasts

Next journey?

Planning for a trip to Uganda and other parts of Africa. This trip has been on my bucket list for many years

Favorite Virginia destination?

Wherever my children are at the time. They're both in college now and spending time with them at home or at college is my favorite thing in the world.

First political memory?

Sitting on the back seat of a convertible in a parade while campaigning for former state Delegate and Secretary of Natural Resources, W. Tayloe Murphy, Jr. I had the extreme good fortune to grow up with him as a mentor and close family friend. I've never met a kinder or wiser person.

Best advice you ever got?

It's never too late to be who or what you want to be.

If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why?

Hard question. I'd have to flip a coin between Dr. Sylvia Earle or Neil deGrasse Tyson. I'm huge fans of both of them for what they've done for bringing science into the mainstream. I'd love to have the opportunity to speak with them both about how to restore respect for science in our country and protect the planet for many future generations.

One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?

I have styrophobia- a deep hatred of the sound of styrofoam or even the thought of it.

Ambition, political or otherwise?

Professionally, we're re-branding our company to broaden our focus. Politically, I am becoming more and more active to support candidates and elected officials I believe in.

Favorite part about the PLP so far?

Getting to know my fellow PLP students, across the political spectrum. They all have so much to offer and I'm in awe of each of them.