Paula Middlebrooks has worked for the State of Tennessee for over 11 years. Paula serves as the Community Engagement Program Manager in the Department of Environment and Conservation. Paula has consistently proven herself to be a champion for public health and the environment as a skilled leader and dedicated public servant. She is responsible for developing relationships at the local level that have successfully facilitated and secured EPA Brownfields Grants worth more than $6.5 million for Tennessee communities. These grants allow the state to address contaminated properties by cleaning up and reinvesting in them, which increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, and improves and protects the environment. Paula's efforts and successes have made Tennessee a leader in the southeast for receiving Brownfields grant assistance. While her professional focus is improving public health and the environment, Paula also gives back to her community as a board member of Historic Nashville, Inc. and volunteer leader for the Historic Belcourt Theater. A native of South Dakota, Paula earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Dakota Wesleyan and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Health from the University Of Minnesota School Of Public Health.