Paul joined HVA in September 2021. He received a B.A. in religious studies from Pomona College in 2021 and wrote his thesis on the preservation of sacred forests. After graduating, Paul joined HVA as an AmeriCorps member. In high school, he spent memorable afternoons trail running in the woods that neighbor HVA’s headquarters, and HVA’s mission of protecting those forests inspired his return to the valley land. In his current position, Paul collaborates with partners throughout the region, conducts school programs, and manages communications for the Follow the Forest Initiative. In his spare time, Paul can often be found trail running or reading a good book.