Miguel de Cervantes, on Point of View
“Too much sanity may be madness — and the maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.”

Niccolo Machiavelli, on Leadership
“There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to institute a new order of things”

Paul is a strategist, advocate, and project manager working with individual, corporate, nonprofit, and government clients.

Following his graduation from University of Virginia, Paul worked for U. S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart before assisting with events and media for the Dalai Lama of Tibet, when the Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1990, Paul facilitated nine months of multi-party negotiations — among corporate, governmental, and nonprofit stakeholders and litigants in Orange County, California — to resolve a longstanding dispute concerning undeveloped open space. He then directed a related, successful bond campaign clearing the way for the second largest U. S. urban wilderness park, 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, in business, public affairs and philanthropy. The Plaza generates $2 billion in annual retail sales. Paul helped negotiate and obtain public approvals of Development Agreements to repurpose large properties — two 90-acre mixed-use projects, plus the expansion of 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.




*Photo taken 1/26/23 during an hourlong music and fundraising broadcast at the KX-FM studio in Laguna Beach CA: https://www.kxfmradio.org/podcasts/paul-freeman-takeover-2023/