Paulina Woo named a senior director at Western Alliance Bank


Paulina Woo was named senior director of treasury management in Western Alliance Bank’s corporate finance and public and nonprofit finance groups.

In her new role, Woo, who is based in Phoenix, will lead teams that tailor banking solutions for municipalities, local governments, nonprofit organizations, corporations and institutional investors.

“Western Alliance Bank provides a distinctive set of products, services and solutions to clients in these essential sectors of our economy,” Woo said in a statement. “I am excited to turn my focus to directly serving these customers with a tailored suite of banking solutions to help them thrive.”

Paulina Woo is a dynamic leader with a broad range of industry relationships and expertise, who will “enhance Western Alliance Bank’s trademark white-glove service to our clients,” said Steve Curley, chief banking officer for national business lines.

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Prior to Western Alliance, Woo was a managing director in charge of the Southwest and Hawaii asset management practice at PFM Asset Management, where she worked for more than 15 years.

She has provided investment advisory services to a broad range of municipalities, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations, encompassing liquidity, high-quality fixed income, and multi-asset class strategies.

“We are pleased to add Paulina to our team,” said Monika Suarez, managing director of municipal, nonprofit and affordable housing finance. “Her hire adds additional bench strength to complement Western Alliance Bank’s robust public finance lending platform, which has a portfolio of $3 billion of direct loans and private placement bonds.”

Steve Curley, chief banking officer of national business lines described Woo as a dynamic leader with a broad range of industry relationships and expertise, who will “enhance Western Alliance Bank’s trademark white-glove service to our clients.” He added, she has a specialized skill set with a strong emphasis on cash flow modeling and optimization that will complement the existing strengths of their banking teams.

Woo is deeply involved in a variety of public finance organizations, including the Government Finance Officers Association, National Association of Counties, Government Finance Officers Association of Arizona, Arizona County Treasurer’s Association and Western Association of College and University Business Officers.

She is also a member of the executive board of the Women in Public Finance Rocky Mountain Region and participates in Women in Public Finance, National Association of Hispanic County Officials and Asian Americans in Public Finance.

Woo earned a Bachelor of Arts in ancient history and history from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in history from the University of California at Berkeley.

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