Paul is a strategist, advocate, project manager and writer working with individual, corporate, nonprofit, and institutional clients.
Following his graduation from University of Virginia, Paul worked for U. S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart before managing events and media for the Dalai Lama of Tibet, when the Dalai Lama was awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1990, Paul led eight months of 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, which generates $2 billion in annual retail sales. In that capacity, he managed diverse business, philanthropic, and political projects including public entitlements to repurpose 180 acres of farmland.
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. He is a former member of the Fairfax County, Virginia School Board, and he served two terms as mayor of Laguna Beach, California. He has an abiding interest in the ancient game of Go.