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Paul Brainerd (born 1947) is a pioneer in the field of computer-aided editing, design and publishing. Born in Medford, Oregon, to Phil and VerNatta Brainerd, Paul Brainerd attended the University of Oregon where he was the editor for the school's paper, the Oregon Daily Emerald. Brainerd later co-founded the publishing/printing software company Aldus, which brought the first ever desktop publishing application, PageMaker to the market. The term "desktop publishing" was itself coined by Brainerd.
In 1995, Brainerd founded the Brainerd Foundation, a small family foundation which provides innovative grantmaking to Pacific Northwest communities and nonprofits to build a lasting conservation ethic at the local, state, and federal level.