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Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins

Paul Watkins

Assessment & Evaluation Associate
Room 112

Paul is originally from Ferguson, MO and graduated from Stanford University in 2017 with a BS in mechanical engineering. As a student, Paul served the campus community through a variety of groups including NSO Faces of Community, Society of Black Scientists & Engineers (SBSE), Leland Scholars Program, Black Student Union, Black Community Services Center, and Ujamaa Staff. Within SBSE, Paul co-founded the BYTES program, which has provided engineering workshops to 800+ of Black and Brown youth in the Bay Area. Paul cares deeply about the intersection of technology and social justice and is committed to using his skillset to decrease opportunity gaps in communities of color.

Prior to coming to the Haas Center, Paul worked at Emerson Collective as the first social innovation intern, working in the socio-political portfolio to identify prospective grantees and landscape key areas of interest for the organization. Paul was also a mechanical engineering consultant at social enterprise EnergieRich, working to develop a solar powered chicken egg incubator; and an operations manager at Avalon College Advising where he managed student data and handled program setup for the business. Paul also worked as CEO of his own startup, Ayce Labs, where he developed a mental health peer support app that reached 300 students at San Jose State and Stanford and also earned an interview for the Y Combinator Spring '18 cohort. Recently, his work in social impact data assessment led to him being named an NPR How I Built This Fellow. Paul is excited to bring his work experience along with his knowledge of impact evaluation and data analysis to the Haas Center team.