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Paul Schmitz

Paul Schmitz is the CEO of Leading Inside Out, which advances strategies that develop authentic, inclusive, and collaborative leadership; engages community members as partners in solving community problems; and help diverse leaders and groups achieve greater impact together. Paul also serves as Senior Advisor to the Collective impact Forum, a partnership of FSG and The Aspen Institute forum for Community Solutions, and the first Innovation Fell at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Innovation and Impact.

Paul is the author of Everyone leads: Building Leadership form the Community Up (Jossey Bass, 2011). The book is based on lessons learned from 21 years leading Public Allis, an innovative leadership development program that helped more than 5,000 diverse young adults across the country turn their passions to make a difference into careers as leaders working for community and social change.

Paul is a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute; a board member of The Corps Network, Independent Sector, the NYU Leadership Initiative, Playworks, and The United Way of Greater Milwaukee. He is the former co-chair of Voices for National Service, which led advocacy for AmeriCorps and other national service programs. Paul co-chaired the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign’s Civic Engagement Policy Group, was a member of The Obama-Biden Transition Team, and was appointed by President Obama to The White House Council for Community Solutions.

An honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Paul received their Graduate of the Last Decade Alumni award. He has also been recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow, by the Nonprofit Times three separate years as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in America, and by Fast Company Magazine with their Social Capitalist Award for innovation. He lives in Milwaukee with his partner and five children.