Shirley Paul ’13 Named to City & State’s “Albany 40 Under 40”

In the world of New York State government, she’s a rising star.

Shirley Paul ’13, who serves as Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs in the State University of New York (SUNY) Office of State Relations, was featured in City & State Magazine’s “2019 Albany 40 Under 40” list.

The list highlights “individuals who are driven by an unwavering determination to truly improve state government” and “who are shaking up state politics,” City & State notes.

The magazine highlights Paul’s responsibilities at SUNY, where she oversees the budget and legislative processes, prepares and advocates for the budget, and tracks legislation that could impact the university.

In the role, she recently led efforts to establish a loan forgiveness program for SUNY alumni who earn their graduate degrees at the university and return to serve as faculty members. The program is aimed at expanding access and diversity within SUNY’s faculty population.

City & State also highlights Paul’s early immersion in politics as a college student at Delaware State College through a summer internship with then-Assembly Member Frank Seddio. (She also earned an M.A. from Brooklyn College before attending NYLS.)

“I got involved in politics because I want to change the world, and I’ve been fortunate to work on countless campaigns for local, city, and state officials,” Paul said. “That work has led me to where I am today.

“NYLS will forever have a mark on me. It was there I acquired skills to be able to effectuate real change—skills like conducting research, analyzing legislation, and effectively lobbying, all of which contributed to the success of a bill I recently spearheaded. The bill will not only alleviate the growing burdens of student debt; it will also increase faculty diversity for the next generation of students.”

Find the full “40 Under 40” list here.