Paolo DeMaria has a unique blend of K–12, higher education, and public-finance experience from twentyfive years of public service in a variety of executive, legislative, and administrative roles in Ohio government. Since joining Education First, he has played a leadership role in the firm’s college-completion and college-readiness work. He has also been significantly involved in projects that have provided strategic support to entities such as the Ohio Department of Education, the New Hampshire Department of Education, Denver Public Schools, Detroit Public Schools and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.. Prior to joining Education First, Paolo served as the executive vice chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents, the associate superintendent for school options and finance for the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio state budget director, the governor’s chief policy advisor, and the finance director for the Ohio Senate. Paolo received his undergraduate degree from Furman University and holds a master of public administration degree from the Ohio State University.