Meet Paula


Known for her quick wit and energetic personality, Paula McCraney lives her life with the understanding that to whom much is given much is required. She is running for a seat on the Metro Council to champion the issues that matter most to District 7 residents because she cares about our city and wants to give back to the community that has given so much to her.

Paula’s 35 years of combined professional experience in banking, human resources, public relations and government, highlights her unique qualifications to be a councilwoman. She is someone who will work effectively with the other councilmembers, the mayor and city agency heads to make our neighborhoods safer and create an economy that works for everyone in our community.

Through her experience as a public servant and president of several civic organizations, Paula learned the importance of getting input from all sides before making decisions. It’s her view that leaders who look for common ground and find ways to rally around a common goal can accomplish great things. Paula will embody that kind of collaborative leadership on the Metro Council. She is an inclusive and decisive leader who has a proven record and reputation for getting things done.

Paula earned a Master’s degree from Webster University’s School of Business and Technology in Management and Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. She is a graduate of Leadership Louisville (Class of 1999), Focus Louisville, and the Bingham Fellows Program (Class of 2001). In 2009, Paula was selected and participated as a Courier-Journal Newspaper Forum Fellow.

Ms. McCraney has been recognized with leadership awards from numerous organizations, including the United States Congress, the Senate of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Louisville Metro Council, to name a few. In 2007 and 2008, Paula was featured as “Influential” in the highly-acclaimed publication “Who’s Who – African American Profiles.” In subsequent years she is featured in the publication as a successful entrepreneur. Throughout her career she has served on several boards and commissions. She currently serves on the Citizens Commission on Police Accountability board, and the Louisville Property Tax Assessment Appeals board. Paula is also an Honorary Captain of the Belle of Louisville, a Kentucky Colonel, and a Forty Under 40 community service award winner.

On a more personal note, Paula is married 32 years to Billy McCraney, and they have two adult sons, Dominic and Terrance. Dominic graduated from the University of Kentucky, and Terrance graduated from Northern Kentucky University. Paula enjoys reading, writing, and arithmetic. That’s right – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic!

READING: She has read the Bible three times and sets a goal each year to read at least 10 books. WRITING: Paula has written and directed five stage plays: “Getting Past Your Past”, “He Restoreth My Soul”, “Nothing New Under the Son”, “Those Triumphant Women”, and “The Woman at the Well: The Untold Story”. ARITHMETIC: While in college, Paula tutored students in Calculus II, and a part of her diverse work experience includes a 10-year career in the banking industry. She began her financial career as a banking center branch manager and climbed the corporate ladder to Vice President of Retail Banking. Paula is putting her banking experience to good use; she now owns and operates two businesses, P Mc & Associates Management Consultants, and Paula’s Boutique. 

Paula is strategic enough to think outside of the box, resilient enough to not give up when facing adversity or challenges, and committed enough to dig deeply and realistically find the best possible ideas and solutions to support and protect the interest of District 7 and the community at large.

As your Metro Councilwoman, Paula McCraney will lead with Vision, Integrity, and Purpose, because District 7 residents deserve VIP representation.

For more information about Paula, please visit:

Facebook: PaulaMcCraney4MetroCouncilDistrict7

Twitter: @paulamccraney1


Or call to speak to her directly on her cellphone: (502) 295-9188


Paula and Husband Billy


Family - Terrance's Graduation

The McCraney Family: Dominic, Paula, Terrance, Billy

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