Appointed by President Obama in 2016 as the Acting Director of the U.S. Justice Department’s Community Relations Services (CRS), Paul Monteiro most recently spearheaded efforts to strengthen relationships between local communities and law enforcement, and mediate community conflict rooted in race, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, or national origin
Paul previously served as director of AmeriCorps VISTA at the Corporation for National and Community Service and led the effort to mark its 50th anniversary. From 2009 to 2013, he was an advisor in the White House Office of Public Engagement and led outreach to faith-based organizations, Arab-American communities, and anti-poverty groups. In that position, he played an active role in several Administration initiatives including the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, the Affordable Care Act, and several efforts under the “Ladders of Opportunity” agenda to protect the middle class. Paul also helped launch the President’s Responsible Fatherhood & Healthy Families initiative that later became “My Brother’s Keeper,” and served as coordinator for the White House Mentorship Program for young men attending local area high schools.
While at the White House, Paul also served as 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.
Paul is a member of the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary and also teaches a course on the First Amendment at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a B.A. in history from the University of Maryland and his J.D. from Howard University School of Law.