Chief of Staff, Howard University
Paul Monteiro, His Story
Paul previously served as director of the Community Relations Service at the U.S. Department of Justice. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and expanded by the 2009 Shepard/Byrd Hate Crimes Prevention Act, CRS deploys skilled mediators to mitigate community tensions based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, and disability. As national director of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) at the Corporation for National and Community Service, Paul led the effort to mark its 50th anniversary. Organized in 1965, VISTA was designed as the domestic counterpart to the Peace Corps where Americans from all walks of life commit to a year of full-time volunteer service at a nonprofit organization or public agency and focus on capacity-building efforts such as grant writing, volunteer recruitment, and fundraising.
He was a part of Harvard University’s Saguero Seminar to help draft the “Closing the Opportunity Gap” report – a nonpartisan white paper distilling the best public policy ideas to help break the cycle of inter-generational poverty.
Paul was previously an ex officio member of the National Counter Terrorism Center’s Heritage Council. In 2013, he was awarded a citation from the National Security Council for his work on a range of international Administration priorities including the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, refugee resettlement and other humanitarian interventions, and countering violent extremism.
He is a member of the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary and a former fellow in the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project where he spent a year instructing middle school students on the tenets and everyday relevance of the Constitution.