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BCDC Member Spotlight: Meet Paul Berry ’07

Meet Paul Berry ’07, this month’s energetic and civic-minded BCDC Member Spotlight!

A California native, Paul concentrated in Pure Mathematics at Brown. Following graduation, he embarked on international adventures that include teaching in Ankara and Paris, and working throughout France for a company that provides adult and young-adult English immersion programs. Eventually, he went back to school for an MA in Political Economy from the University of Geneva, followed by an MA in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Paul came to DC in 2015 for a job at the Inter-American Development Bank, and he’s been here ever since, other than a stint as the Nevada Data Director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Of his time in Las Vegas, he quips that there were “lots of long nights, but not the way you’d expect! I put my Brown math education to a LOT of use.” After the election, he began data science work in the private sector, and also teaches part-time in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Paul and his wife began dating in October 2019, and notes that the quarantine circumstances rapidly accelerated the “getting-to-know-you” period! They were engaged a year to the day of their first date, married at Reston’s Lake Anne, and became parents to Callan earlier this year.

Outside of being an enthusiastic full-time dad, Paul is deeply engaged in Virginia’s civic scene, and recently received the Fairfax County Community Champion award for his volunteer work on redistricting and his service in the Medical Reserve Corps. Paul was also appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to chair the Virginia Latino Advisory Board, along with leadership and advisory roles focused on health equity, education, and welcoming new Americans. He’s most proud, however, of his work this past year leading Fairfax’s Renaming Committee, which grappled successfully with place names and landmarks commemorating enslavers and Confederate officers.


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