Managing Principal

As a Managing Principal, Paula is responsible for driving the vision and execution of the strategic plan for McLean while overseeing the daily operations of the firm.

Paula also works with the division within McLean dedicated to the management of employer-sponsored retirement plans. Her specialized industry knowledge and practical experience working in the areas of investment management and portfolio design, plan design optimization, service provider coordination, ERISA compliance, and individual participant counseling allow her to effectively advise retirement plan fiduciaries regarding qualified plan management. Paula is also a member of the McLean Asset Management Investment Committee.

Prior to joining the growing team at McLean, Paula served as director of retirement plan services for a CPA wealth management firm, where she worked closely with business owners to design and manage their retirement plans. This experience included investment selection and monitoring, plan design, participant education, and fiduciary consulting.


  • M.B.A. Ithaca College
  • B.S. Planned Studies, Ithaca College
  • Accounting Certificate, University of Maryland

Professional Designations and Associations

  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®)
  • Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA)

Professional Recognition

  • Five-Star Wealth Manager, 2015, Washington Post Magazine
  • 2016 Top Financial Professional, Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2015 Top Financial Professional, Northern Virginia Magazine
  • 2014 Top Financial Professional, Northern Virginia Magazine

Greatest Professional Satisfaction

I am passionate about helping my clients understand their fiduciary responsibilities and designing a process to best protect them. I also take great satisfaction in working with employees to help them understand what they need to do in order to be successful in saving for retirement. Many employees do not have access to financial guidance outside of their plan, and I encourage each one of them to take advantage of McLean’s expertise so they can stay on track to meet their retirement income goals.

Greatest Personal Satisfaction

I am in awe watching my two daughters grow and learn every day. They are truly my greatest accomplishment (and made me realize how much I appreciate my own parents).

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Northern Virginia Magazine named Top Financial Professional in seven categories: Employee Benefits, Estate Planning, Income Tax Planning, Insurance Planning, Investment Planning, Retirement Planning, and Risk Management. In 2015, there were 755 financial advisers considered, and 144 were named a Top Financial Professional. For more information, go to