Paulo Pontemayor is a government relations and external affairs advisor for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), a national health justice organization which influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
Prior to working at APIAHF, Paulo worked as a senior legislative assistant for U.S. Rep. Madeleine Z. Bordallo (Guam-At Large), who served as the executive board secretary and chair of the Health Task Force for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). Paulo also managed the congresswoman’s environmental and natural resources work on the House Committee on Natural Resources, where she serves as a senior member. Additionally, Paulo was responsible for her education, civil rights, immigration, women, children, seniors and family initiatives. Previously, Paulo also served as an Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies fellow with U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra (CA-31), where he worked on education, housing, commerce and budget issues.
Before moving to Washington, D.C., Paulo worked and managed campaigns in the Seattle area. He was also active with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community during his college years and early career with groups like the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation, Pacific Islander Partnerships in Education, the Filipino American Student Association, University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs Student Advisory Board and the Associated Students of the University of Washington’s Pacific Islander Student Commission.
A former resident of Guam, Paulo graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies and Law, Societies and Justice. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Public Health, with a concentration in health policy at the George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services.