Paul Mills

PK-12 Education Strategy Leader


Don’t sugarcoat the problem—or the solution. To achieve a thriving, truly equitable world, Paul believes we must make bold changes to improve the social infrastructure of our public education systems.

As a strategic planner with a gift for facilitating straight talk about complex issues, Paul helps educational leaders align their core values, data and stakeholder voice in structured design-thinking processes. Leveraging his talents in data storytelling and interactive facilitation techniques, he creates a dynamic planning environment where diverse perspectives are appreciated and participants become enthusiastic co-designers of innovative solutions. 

A few clients and collaborators

  • Long Beach Unified School District
  • Baltimore County
  • Salem Public Schools
  • St. Vincent St. Mary High School


  • District Master Planning
  • Educational Equity Assessments
  • Data Analytics and Visualization


  • Developing pro-bono parametric capacity dashboards that supported the safe reopening of schools during the coronavirus pandemic
  • Designing a state-wide planning process of unprecedented scale in Hawaii
  • Contributing to the reopening of New Orleans schools after Hurricane Katrina
  • His homemade Paella Valenciana with sublimely caramelized socarrat
  • His family