Member, UH System Board of Regents
President & Chief Executive Officer
Possible Missions, Inc.
Paula Mendoza was appointed to the UH System Board of Regents in 2013 by Governor Rick Perry and will serve through August 31, 2019. For fiscal year 2013-2014, Regent Mendoza will serve as a member of the Academic and Student Success Committee and a member of the Endowment Management Committee.
Paula is a native Houstonian, who is an entrepreneur, innovator, advocate, barrier-breaker and tireless volunteer recognized not only for the quality of her work, but for the passion she brings to every endeavor.
Under her leadership, Possible Missions, Inc. (PM), a company she established in 2001, specializes in Project Management Offices (PMOs) throughout all industries and has experienced exponential growth. The business has achieved significant accolades including Houston Minority Business Council’s 2012 Supplier of the Year Award and a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Accountability Award for its expenditures with fellow MBEs. The U.S. Small Business Administrator’s Award of Excellence also garnered in 2012, noted the firm’s success as a sub-contractor to Federal prime contractors. Possible Missions maintains the prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Certification for Safety since 2011 and is also a National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) certified minority business enterprise and a certified minority and woman owned firm at the Federal and State levels in Texas, New York, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Paula’s humility, discernment and sense of fair play are evidenced by her service as past Chairman of the State of Texas Ethics Commission where she remains a commissioner, as a past board member of the Texas Board of Public Accountants and as past Chairman of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). In October, 2013 Mendoza was appointed to the University of Houston System Board of Regents, a Tier One institution, by the Governor of Texas for a five year term. Over the years she has offered her time and talent as a speaker, event organizer and community leader to countless organizations including Escape Family Resource Center, MD Anderson YMCA, Alief ISD-Partners in Education and the Harris County Juvenile Municipal Courts.
Mendoza earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Houston Downtown and later completed continuing studies in both the Community Minority Business Advancement Program and the Rules of Engagement: A Leadership Institute provided by the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband of 25 years, Robert, have one adult son and an 11 year-old goddaughter, Natalie, who has captured their hearts.