Paul served on the Executive Committee for One Voice Central Texas from 2011-2016, an advocacy organization for over ninety central Texas health and human services nonprofits, serving as Chair of the organization in 2012. He also has served on several local and national board of directors, advocating for both people with HIV and LGBT persons in Tennessee and Texas.
He is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and received his Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Georgia. After practicing civil litigation for nine years, he changed careers and focused on nonprofit management. He and his husband Scott Simons have lived in Austin since 2006.