Paula Haines is the CEO of Freedom a la Cart, and has led the organization since June 2016. She began her work at Freedom in 2013 as a volunteer, board member and founder of the Eat Up! Paula leads the organization from an entrepreneurial perspective having operated her own boutique marketing agency for ten years. She was awarded a 2017 Pillar Award as a Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year and was named a Central Ohio Smart 50 Award Honoree for her business leadership. Freedom a la Cart received the 2019 Aspire Social Enterprise of the Year Award, the Columbus CEO Best of Business award for Best Caterer, and the 2020 Nourishing our Community Award from the Ohio Restaurant Association.