Chief Administrative Officer
Paul was exposed to athletics and the arts from a young age, and he quickly understood what active and passive recreation brings to an individual and the community. As a competitive baseball and basketball player through college, he saw first-hand how athletics became a lifeline for some of his peers who might otherwise have become lost in the system. As a native Tacoma and Pierce County resident, Paul is excited to continue developing the working environment and culture at Metro Parks Tacoma where he will lead the investment in human capital and organizational effectiveness that align with the agency’s mission and service.
Prior to his appointment as CAO, Paul had progressive leadership roles in higher education. Most recently he served as Director of Finance and Auxiliary Services at UW Tacoma, where he managed the campus budget process, led the implementation of the campus master plan; developed fiscal controls and responsibility through QA/QC measures; and developed strategic partnerships that advanced the campus urban serving mission. Paul previously held leadership roles with Washington State University – first as the Area Finance Officer, then the Director of Finance & Administrative Services for the Vice President of Research & Dean of the Graduate School. While at WSU, he developed and directed strategic growth initiatives in research and graduate education, served as the human resource services director, and fiscal officer of operations and maintenance for the university administrative research centers.
Paul holds a Master’s degree in Higher Education with an emphasis on financial administration and organizational development from Washington State University. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University and a Certificate in Project Management from University of Washington Tacoma.
Paul and his wife, Tatum, enjoy family gatherings at Point Defiance with their 3 children, Isabelle, Cooper, and Blakely. Paul is active in the community coaching basketball, baseball and softball year-round, as well on the Bonney Lake-Sumner Little League Board and as Treasurer of his homeowner’s association.