A 4th-generation Arizonan, in 1992 Paul S. Mulligan received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy and served 7 years on active duty in the Navy as a surface warfare officer, a propulsion engineer, and a meteorology-oceanography officer, including 4 years overseas.
Paul received his Master’s in Theological Studies in 2002 from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage & Family at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Before returning to Phoenix in 2007 to lead Catholic Education Arizona, Paul spent a decade in nonprofit pro-life leadership positions, co-founding (with his wife Michelle) the Gentle Refuge Crisis Pregnancy Center in Guam in 1998, directing the Gabriel Network in Maryland/Washington DC from 2001-2007, and commissioning Gabriel Project Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, in 2003.
In September 2014 Paul began his tenure as President & CEO of Catholic Charities Community Services, the bishop’s charitable service arm. Paul completed his Executive MBA at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in May 2015. He serves in roles on boards or councils of numerous community organizations including Catholic Charities USA Executive Council, AZ Governor’s Council on Child Safety & Family Empowerment, ASU Community Council, AZ Partnership for Children, Housing for Hope, University of Mary President’s Circle (Tempe), Life Perspectives (CA) and Precious Life Ministries (MD).