Paul was born and raised in Tampa, moving to Tallahassee in 2006 after he earned a BA in Liberal Arts & Sciences from the Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University in 2005. Paul graduated from Florida State University in 2008 with an MA in Russian and East European Studies.

Since 2009, Paul has worked for the Florida Board of Bar Examiners where he is currently an Investigator conducting character and fitness investigations on applicants to the Florida Bar as attorneys.

Passionate about social welfare and justice, Paul began volunteering with the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2015. His devotion to the progressive cause led Paul to serve as a Delegate Alternate for the Senator at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, joining the Leon County Democratic Executive Committee, and founding the Big Bend Democratic Progressive Caucus where he serves as President.  Paul also has served on the board of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida since 2017.