Paul Brainerd

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Born in Medford, Oregon…parents ran a camera shop…roots of understanding community and economics came from experiences in Medford since it was primarily a timber town and town underwent tides of economic highs and lows…family had a cabin in the Cascades where he acquired an early appreciation for nature and wilderness…attended University of Oregon, graduated 1970 with dual degrees in business and journalism…took a position at Minneapolis Star tribune where he spent seven years and left as managing editor…obtained Masters in Journalism from University of Minnesota…had a passion for newspaper technology…accepted an executive position at Atex, Inc. …founded Aldus Corp. in 1984, releasing PageMaker in 1986 which started desktop publishing, allowing assembly and printing of materials without using a commercial printer…sold Aldus Corp. to Adobe Systems in 1994…Founded Brainerd Foundation focusing on Northwest wilderness by providing grants to community-based organizations that work to protect and preserve the environment…founded Social Venture Partners…establishing a model for a new generation of philanthropists supporting education, children’s issues, and environmental protection…model uses a shared partnership concept of both financial support and volunteer time where all partners are considered equals…concept is being adopted internationally as a model of responsible “community volunteering”…awarded Europe’s Guttenburg Prize for revolutionizing desktop publishing…serves on a number of boards and advisory groups…hobbies include a world class photography collection.