Paul  Solomon

Paul Solomon is the Executive Director at Sponsor, Inc., in Eugene, Oregon.  Sponsorsí has been providing reentry services to people with criminal histories since 1973.   Mr. Solomon has worked at Sponsors in a variety of capacities since he was hired in 2001 and most recently was instrumental in the development of Sponsors new 72 bed, $6 million reentry complex that opened in July of 2010.   Sponsors is recognized in the state of Oregon and regionally as a model for prisoner reentry services. The agency operates 10 buildings on 5 sites with 132 beds of transitional and long-term housing and ancillary programs for people with criminal histories.

Mr. Solomon is the Board Chair of the Partnership for Safety and Justice, a state-wide non-profit, advocacy organization that works for smart public safety policy in Oregon.  He also serves as vice-chair of the (inter-governmental) Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council and is the chair of Lane Countyís Reentry Task Force.  He was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber as the only citizen member to the Governorís Reentry Council.  He is a board member of the Safety and Justice Action Fund, the Emerald Valley Development Professionals, and serves on the National Steering Committee for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.  Mr. Solomon has a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon, where he graduated cum laude.

Mr. Solomon is dedicated to positive systemic change in the criminal justice system.  He believes strongly in promoting public safety by removing barriers to reentry and fostering access to housing, employment, and education for people with criminal histories.  He is an advocate for reentry services and smart public safety policy.  He is very active in the community as Rotary member, volunteer, and a sports coach for children with disabilities.  He is married and lives in Eugene and balances the joys and responsibilities of co-parenting four fabulous teenage children, including a son with Autism.