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Jonathan Paul

Executive Director, Lesley University Center for Human Arts Innovation


JP is the Executive Director for the Center for Human Arts Innovation, whose mission is to foster a Lesley University community at the forefront of inclusive transformation in education, the arts, and well-being. Before joining Lesley, JP served as vice provost of academic programs at Relay Graduate School of Education, one of the country’s largest Graduate Schools of Education for Black and Latinx teachers.

Prior to that, JP was the budget director for Harvard University, leading its Office of Financial Strategy and Planning. He also served as senior managing director at Teach for America and vice president of finance at Achievement First. He is on the Harvard Institutes of Higher Education faculty, where he leads cohorts of executive education courses in strategic planning and financial sustainability.

Born and raised in Australia, he earned a doctorate at the University of Sydney, and a bachelor’s degree at the University of South Wales, teaching at both universities. He is treasurer and a board member for Enroot Education, a nonprofit serving immigrant high school students in Cambridge and Somerville.