Paul is a strategist, advocate, project manager and writer working with individual, corporate, nonprofit, and institutional clients.
Following his graduation from University of Virginia, he worked for U. S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart before helping to manage events and media for the Dalai Lama of Tibet, when the Dalai Lama was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1990, Paul facilitated multi-party negotiations among corporate, government and nonprofit stakeholders in Orange County, California, clearing the way for the second largest urban wilderness park in the U. S., with 22,000 contiguous acres.
For 15 years Paul worked closely with Henry Segerstrom while representing the Segerstrom family ownership of South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, California. The Plaza generates $2 billion in annual retail sales. Paul helped to negotiate and obtain public approvals of the Development Agreement expanding Segerstrom Center for the Arts to include a new stage theater, concert hall, public plaza, and art museum.
Paul has served on US-EU observation and assistance missions in Africa and Asia including in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, and, following the Arab Spring, in Egypt. Paul is a former member of the Fairfax County, Virginia School Board, and served two terms as mayor of Laguna Beach, California. He has an abiding interest in the ancient game of Go.