A 30-year veteran of state and local public affairs, politics and policy, Paul is widely considered an expert and lead policy-maker in issues management and governmental relations at the state, county and city levels. He is also considered an expert in the transportation and infrastructure arena, with over 32 years of experience in air, roads, rail and water – in both the public and private sectors.
With extensive ties to government at all levels – from city hall to the County Board of Supervisors to the State Capitol – and with his thorough understanding of the government process, Paul is able to leverage his contacts to help our clients meet their public policy objectives. Paul has strong contacts throughout the Southern California region at city halls, county offices, as well as state government.
Paul served as an elected official from 2004, when he was elected to the City Council for the City of Laguna Niguel. He was re-elected in 2008, and served until 2012. He served as Mayor twice, in 2008 and again in 2012. He represented the city and the South Orange county region on the following policy-making bodies:
- Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) – served for seven years, most recently as Chairman.
- Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) – served for seven years on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and Chair of Legislation and Communications Committee
- Metrolink – Paul served on the Board of Directors for six years, as Chairman of the Legislation and Communications Committee, as well as on the Executive Committee.
- California Council of Governments (CALCOG) – Paul served as Vice Chair of the Statewide Board of Directors
- Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG) – served for five years on the Board of Directors
- Orange County League of Cities – Paul served on the Board of Directors for four years
- Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) – Paul has served on the Board of Directors for two years
Paul also served as a Governor’s appointee on the State Mandates Commission for six years. The commission handles official appeals from municipalities when they wish to contest unfunded State Mandates. Paul served with the California State Treasurer, the California Finance Director, among others. Paul represented the State’s 458 cities on the Commission.