Paul Monteiro is the Chief of Staff and Assistant Vice President of External Affairs at Howard University. His first federal experience was in 1999 as a Marshal's Aide at the United States Supreme Court before briefly serving in the office of White House Counsel Harriet Miers. In 2006, Monteiro served in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Barack Obama then transitioned to his presidential campaign headquarters in Chicago the following year.
After the 2008 election, Monteiro joined the White House staff as an associate director of the Office of Public Engagement and coordinator of the White House Mentorship Program for young men attending local high schools. President Obama later appointed him as the national director of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), the national service program founded in 1965. In 2015, Attorney General Loretta Lynch designated him as head of the Community Relations Service at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Monteiro serves as an appointed member of the Prince George's County Public Schools Board of Education in Maryland where he chairs the Academic Affairs committee. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of Wesley Theological Seminary and on the board of directors of the nonprofit Helping Children Worldwide.
He is a native of Maryland and attended the University of Maryland and the Howard University School of Law.