Paul is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Morocco), concentrating in International Development at MSFS. His is particularly interested in cultural heritage as a tool for political reconciliation, transitional justice, and rule of law in fragile states. From January-May, 2019, Paul will be working with the U.S. State Department on issues of cultural heritage and national security; he holds Secret security clearance.
Prior to his studies at Georgetown, Paul served as the Administrative Director of the Social Justice Fund for Ventura County, where he chaired the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee for outreach to “hard to count” populations. Additionally, he oversaw donor outreach, event coordination, grant campaigning, and monitoring and evaluation. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors.
From 2015-2017, Paul lived and worked in Morocco, first with the Peace Corps and later as a Program Coordinator and Teacher at the American School of Fes. It was during his time as the only foreigner living in a remote village in Morocco that Paul—who came to be known as “Badr—learned Arabic.
Before his time in Morocco, Paul lived for the better part of two years in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he came to be known as “Paulo”. Paul spent the entirety of his junior year abroad, studying at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) and later returned to Rio to work with the United Nations Development Programme. He speaks fluent Portuguese.
"The four pillars of the MSFS program—creativity, ethics, leadership, and service—aren’t just platitudes. They’re ideals that I am committed to striving for, falling short of, and hopefully, more often than not, living out.”