Director of Programs and Innovation | Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
"My vision for Chicago demands high-quality education and resources for all Chicago children, with school and city leadership that represents and empowers the cultures and values of the students and neighborhoods it serves. I aim to be the change I wish to see."
Undergraduate Degree: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, '07
Fun fact: Nothing excites my senses like racing the track with my motorcycle.
Paul is the director of programs and innovation at the Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund. In this role he oversees the core academic enrichment programming that catapults Scholars toward successful and engaging high school experiences. Paul is committed to empowering students of color with opportunities, resources, and the agency to create change in their communities.
Paul holds a bachelor of science in health education, and rehabilitation & disability studies, and a master of science in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He serves on the Board of Directors of Ignition Community Glass; youth programming that offers a powerful vehicle for social emotional learning, STEM development and creativity through the glass art experience. Paul also serves on the auxiliary board of Chicago Youth Centers which provides high quality innovative early childhood and out-of-school programs to youth in Chicago’s most divested communities.
Paul is a coveted speaker that believes in the significance of storytelling. He has been presented with the Chicago Youth Center Adult Achievement Award, the Hoyman Professional Education Award from the College of ALS at Illinois, and the Outstanding Educator Award from the Network of Hispanic Administrators in Education.
Before his education, Paul served our country fighting overseas with the United States Marine Corps in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His occupational specialties were Infantry and Artillery. The values he learned in the Marines are present today: work hard, be innovative, and overcome.
In his spare time Paul enjoys being a mentor, community organizer, and co-founder of the Chicago Doberman Club. He sees volunteering as a fun activity and vital step toward building stronger and more inclusive communities.