Co-Director of the Office of Government & Community Relations at MIT, Boston
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Paul Parravano has been part of the MIT community since 1991. His role in the Office of Government and Community Relations involves guiding and fostering communication and understanding between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and all levels of government, major constituency groups, and MIT’s surrounding community. He serves as a liaison and resource for people within MIT who may need to work with external parties and those in the surrounding region who have a similar need to interact with the Institute. Mr. Parravano works closely with the MIT Washington office, accompanying MIT’s President on regular visits to Washington, to meet with leadership from the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. He also serves as host for campus visits by elected officials and other dignitaries.
Locally, Paul works to strengthen MIT’s involvement in science education with schools and nonprofits through a growing list of partnerships, and leading MIT’s efforts to annually host the Massachusetts Science and Engineering State Fair. Paul serves on a variety of boards, including the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, National Braille Press, Just A Start Corporation and represents MIT with the New England Council. Paul serves on the Arlington Massachusetts Commission for Persons with Disabilities.
In all of his work and travel, both in Washington and locally, Paul’s most critical task is to represent the Institute in a personal way as a resource for knowledge, neighbourly support, and the advancement of MIT’s mission of scientific education and research.
Prior to his employment at MIT, Paul worked as a legal adviser in a civil rights consulting firm in the Boston area, providing advice and consultation for corporations on the implementation of civil rights regulations. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. Paul likes to highlight his strong affinity for soccer, barbecue, and appreciation for the Great Lakes where he grew up. His greatest delight flows from his family, which includes two absolutely splendid daughters, Emily and Eleanora, and his wife Martha.