Paul is Senior Director for the Mississippi River at Environmental Defense Fund. In this role, Paul leads EDF’s Coastal Louisiana Restoration and Resilience team, working to secure restoration of the natural functioning of the Mississippi River Delta and wetlands complex. Additionally, Paul serves on the broader coastal Louisiana coalition’s steering committee, to which he brings almost 20 years of environmental experience and legal expertise.
Before coming to EDF, Paul worked as a litigating attorney at the Department of Justice, working in the environment division on property law and wildlife issues. Prior to his time at Justice, Paul was a Campaign Coordinator at a sustainable transportation non-profit in New York City, organizing communities in support of traffic calming. He still looks back fondly on those days of – among other things – organizing moms with strollers to persuasively encourage drivers (and the police) to stop treating neighborhood streets like superhighways.
“I was first inspired to learn about Louisiana’s wetlands when I was working with Jim Tripp in New York City on environmental justice and land use issues. But it wasn’t until that first flight over the wetlands and the mouth of the river with Carlton Dufrechou that I really understood the vastness, importance, and fragility of this place. Nothing recharges me more than the opportunities I’ve had to share that experience – and reaction – with others, from cabinet secretaries to citizen activists. It’s being at EDF, and having such great partners, that’s given me that opportunity. ”
Paul holds a B.A. in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary and a J.D. from Fordham University Law School.