Paul joined HawkWatch International in December 2013 as Executive Director. Paul comes to HawkWatch with a broad and diverse background in corporate, government and nonprofit positions dealing with environmental policy development and stakeholder collaboration. As Executive Director/Executive Vice President at the Institute and at the Center for Resource Management, Paul organized a variety of stakeholder coalitions, conferences and educational projects to resolve conflicts and facilitate collaboration on issues such as offshore energy development, water conservation, pesticide use, climate change and wildlife management. He organized and facilitated environmental policy consensus agreements with the oil industry, the golf industry, the lawn care industry and the environmental community. Paul has worked with federal agencies, Indian tribes, universities, conservation organizations and others on joint research and education projects dealing with wildlife, water and energy issues. His experience includes organizing diverse partnerships among environmental stakeholders, fund raising, and project management.
In addition to his experience in nonprofit organizations, Paul has worked as an environmental consultant for energy efficiency and stakeholder engagement projects for the States of Utah and Missouri. Early in his career he served as Deputy State Planning Coordinator in the Utah Governor's office where he prepared briefing reports for the Governor and helped coordinate policy development in natural resource decision making across state, federal and local government agencies.
Paul began his career in state government as a Utah State House Fellow following his graduation from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a master's degree in landscape architecture. He also has a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and environmental planning from Utah State University.
Paul was drawn to a career in environmental affairs due to his love of the outdoors and interests in hiking, camping, fishing and gardening. Paul grew up on a small farm in Cache Valley, Utah where he learned to enjoy the mountains and canyons of the Wasatch Range while hunting camping and fishing with family. These days Paul enjoys hiking and camping with his grandchildren in the Wasatch Mountains, the high Uintahs and the canyon country of southern Utah.
Upon joining HawkWatch Paul commented on this new challenge and opportunity, " I am thrilled to be able to contribute to the outstanding work of HawkWatch in the conservation of raptors and their environment and am looking forward to working with our Board, staff, donors, volunteers, partners and the public in this great and needed effort."