After graduating from Johns Hopkins University and before attending the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Paula Boggs completed U.S. Army Infantry Airborne School. In her first job as a lawyer, she served as a U.S. Army officer assigned to the Pentagon and later worked as a staff attorney for the White House. From 1988 to 1994, she worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Washington and then entered private practice as a partner at Seattle’s Preston Gates & Ellis, specializing in corporate civil litigation. Eventually, Boggs moved in-house, serving first as vice president of legal at Dell Computer Corporation and then as executive vice president and general counsel at Starbucks Coffee Company. In addition, she’s volunteered for many legal and civil organizations, including the ABA’s House of Delegates, the American Red Cross, and Washington State’s Campaign for Equal Justice. In 2010, President Obama named Boggs to the White House Council for Community Solutions. She’s now retired from law practice and spends much of her time as a singer and songwriter with the Paula Boggs Band.