Paulette is very active in the education and nonprofit communities. In 2012, she was elected to the Escondido Union School District Board of Education. She served as the President of the board in 2015. In 2016, Paulette was elected to the San Diego County Board of Education representing District 4, which is a large portion of northern San Diego County. Currently she is serving as the President of the Board.
In addition to her technology and volunteer background, Paulette has served 9 years in the U.S. Army and was deployed during Desert Storm.
Paulette grew up in Escondido, CA, and attended Escondido Public Schools. She is married to her husband John Donnellon and they have 2 boys, Michael and Kevin. In her spare time, Paulette enjoys baking and spending time exploring the desert.