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Paul Solomon, Executive Director

Mr. Solomon has worked at Sponsors in a variety of capacities for over 15 years, succeeding Ron Chase as Executive Director in 2011. He was instrumental in the development of Roosevelt Crossing, Sponsors 72-bed, $6 million reentry complex that opened in July of 2010.  He then spearheaded the campaign to build Bothy Cottage in 2013, a facility for women with criminal histories who are reuniting with their children. Most recently, he has led the effort to construct The Oaks, a new 54-bed apartment complex for people with criminal histories serving seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities, scheduled to open in spring, 2017. Sponsors is recognized in the state of Oregon and regionally as a model for prisoner reentry services. The agency operates 15 buildings on 5 sites with 150 beds of transitional and long-term housing and ancillary programs for people with criminal histories. Mr. Solomon is the former 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 chair of the (inter-governmental) Lane County Public Safety Coordinating Council and is the chair of Lane County’s Reentry Task Force. He was appointed by Governor Kitzhaber as the only citizen member to the Governor’s Reentry Council. He was a board member of the Safety and Justice Action Fund, the Lane County Drug Court Advisory Board, and serves on the National Steering Committee for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Graduating cum laude from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, 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 married, lives in Eugene and balances the joys and responsibilities of co-parenting four fabulous children, including a son with Autism.