Paul has over 30 years in both nonprofit administration and LGBT Activism. His specialty is critical path identification to develop new organizations from concept through the first three staff members.
Before joining Stonewall CDC, Paul was the Founding Director of Cultural Strategies Initiative Inc. (CSI). Funded with a major grant from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund, and a supporting grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the mission of this 4-year project was to strengthen art’s central role in civic life, in order to enhance cultural, community and environmental sustainability.
Before that, as Director of Cultural Policy for NYC Councilmember Alan Gerson (2002-2010), Paul crafted strategies to help preserve and revitalize the arts in Lower Manhattan in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. He convened a consortium of 30 downtown arts leaders, which met monthly for two years and developed Campuses & Corridors, a community-based strategic plan that guided the Councilmember’s policies and investments in Lower Manhattan’s cultural redevelopment.
Originally a playwright, Paul became Founding Executive Director of All Out Arts and Founding Executive Producer for its first five festivals, as well as the Managing Director and Interim Executive Director of the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center. He holds a B.A. in Arts Administration and an M.A. in International Cultural Policy from New York University. He is a graduate of Coro NY Leadership XV.