Pauli Mayfield is proud to be a product of the Quad Cities. Raised in Davenport, she attended Davenport Central High School before graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Kinesiology from Iowa State University. Upon graduation, Pauli worked at Woodward Academy, a court-adjudicated placement facility for juvenile delinquent males in Woodward, Iowa.
In January 2010, Pauli moved back to the Quad Cities and served as a substitute teacher and track coach for the Davenport Community School District. In June, Pauli was awarded the crown and title of Miss Iowa 2010. She served the state traveling from city to city and speaking to kids on the importance of being a positive role model and never giving up on your dreams. Pauli represented Iowa in the 2011 Miss America Pageant and received the Rick Ferentz Non-Finalist Interview Award.