Paul is a career environmentalist and has worked to protect and restore wetlands for all his professional career. Following almost a decade at the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board where he worked on several projects in the south bay, Paul worked for the San Francisco Estuary Institute studying the impacts of human land use on tributaries to the bay. Since 2007, he has been with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he has focused on protecting aquatic resources, with much of his time working in the Wetlands Program promoting impact avoidance, minimization and compensatory mitigation for wetlands and streams. Paul previously served on the board for The Watershed Project, a Bay Area nonprofit working to improve the health of the bay. He has a BA and MA in Physical Geography from San Francisco State University where he focused on the impacts of land use on streams. Paul has lived in the Bay Area since 1990 and resides in Petaluma with his wife and son. He enjoys cycling the back roads of Sonoma and Marin Counties, fly fishing, and hiking as often as possible.