Paul Bardack has lived in Montgomery County for thirty years, and in Legislative District 19 most of that time. Here, he and his Israeli born wife, Eti, have raised three children, each of whom attended the Hebrew Day Institute and then went on to attend middle and high school within Julius West Middle School, John F. Kennedy High School, Rockville High School, and Richard Montgomery High School.
Paul has had success within two careers: his current one within the online education field, and his prior one within the realms of workforce and economic development.
In his online education career, he was an award-winning builder of Booz Allen Hamilton’s global digital learning business. He was the first Chief Executive Officer of the extraordinarily popular MyJewishLearning.com educational website, and deputy director of the Defense Department’s Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative. He also served as director of George Mason University’s Center for Online Workforce Development, the nation’s leading think tank conceiving new ways to use technology to train low and moderate income workers for tomorrow’s jobs.
Paul is Chair Emeritus of the United States Distance Learning Association, and is known worldwide as one of America’s leading experts on online job training. He has been asked to speak on the future of online job training within such venues as the British House of Commons, the Israeli Knesset, the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and the National Press Club. His advice on online education and training policy has been sought out by senior members of the Obama Administration, Congress, state officials, leaders of Fortune 1000 companies, and the national media.
In Paul’s earlier anti-poverty workforce and economic development career, he was Deputy HUD Assistant Secretary, the federal government’s top economic development post. He was also senior development policy aide to the New Jersey Governor and manager of Cleveland’s economic development agency --- a thought leader whose policy insights have been requested by Democrats and moderate Republicans alike. He has held the role of vice president of The National Mentoring Partnership, where he raised tens of millions of dollars for inner city youth mentoring programs. Additionally, he has been legislative counsel to Congressman Roberto Garcia (D-NY), and proud aide to Montgomery County Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg.
Paul holds a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law, where he was an editor of the law review, and an undergraduate degree from Yale University. A long-time member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, he has been active for many years in numerous community efforts, including the ultimately successful effort to bring Major League Baseball back to Washington, DC. He served on the Board of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, chaired the Board of the Hebrew Day Institute, headed the Jewish Study Center, and was President of his synagogue, Tifereth Israel Congregation. And he proudly notes that his first job was as a member of UFCW Local 1500 in Staten Island, New York.