Paul is an Associate Professor of Public Policy in the Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy. He has worked directly with the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and many nonprofits. He previously served as a Board Member for the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless (TJACH) and as Board Chair for Madison House. He chaired the Community Development Block Grant Taskforce and served on the Agency Budget Review Team. Most recently he was appointed to the Taskforce on Equity for the City of Charlottesville. His NGO Action Lab has partnered with the Philanthropy Lab and the Adiuvans Foundation to make $850,000 in grants to 45 nonprofits in the Greater Charlottesville community. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specialized in the quantitative study of social and political behavior.