Paul Schmitz

Paul Schmitz founded Public Allies Milwaukee in 1993 and has served as CEO of Public Allies since February 2000. During Paul's leadership, Public Allies has more than tripled the size of its signature program, created best practice leadership development curriculum and evaluation tools, built innovative alumni programming and launched The Leadership Practice to disseminate practices through training and consulting. Profiled by Milwaukee Magazine as "a tireless advocate for youth empowerment and diversity," Paul writes and speaks often on topics of national service, civic engagement, community building, diversity, leadership, nonprofit workforce development and social entrepreneurship. Paul is co-founder and chair of the Nonprofit Workforce Coalition, co-chair of Voices for National Service, a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University and a board member of the UW-Milwaukee Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. Paul graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1994 with a degree in political science and received the university's "Graduate of the Last Decade" alumni award. He was also a Next Generation Leadership Fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation. He lives with his three children, Maxwell, Maya and Olivia, in Milwaukee.

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