Pakula is senior manager for corporate social responsibility for Tyson Foods, Inc., based in Chicago. He began his role after the August 2014 merger of The Hillshire Brands Company and Tyson Foods.
Before assuming his current role, Pakula was senior manager, communications and corporate contributions for The Hillshire Brands Company. He also served as director of the Hillshire Brands Foundation. He also served as the director of the Playboy Foundation, Playboy Enterprises' public affairs division, where he implemented the company's First Amendment, civil rights and civil liberties initiatives and served as director of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation.
Pakula began his career at Random House, Inc., with roles in corporate affairs, corporate contributions and publicity. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from Michigan State University.