Paula Starr

Job Title: CIO
Organization: Cherokee Nation


Paula Starr is the Chief Information Officer at Cherokee Nation Government where she leads an IT department continuously working to build improved, reliable, and protected citizen and co-worker experiences.

Paula’s 20+ year career has taken her from the early days of Cherokee Nation’s gaming and hospitality operations to the leadership of development teams across multiple countries and back to her roots at the Cherokee Nation.  Paula is proud of the leadership role she played soon after joining Cherokee Nation Government in 2021 to deliver Cherokee Nation’s single largest direct assistance campaign, serving almost 300,000 citizens to date, through its citizen access portal.

Paula holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma (B.B.A. in Management Information Systems) and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (M.H.A. in Hospitality Administration).