Paul Houlihan

Paul Houlihan is one of the movers and shakers behind The Fund for Sandwich, one of the Foundation’s Town Funds. In November 2017, the Fund awarded its inaugural grants to five nonprofits serving the Sandwich community. You may also recognize Paul from his work as a Barnstable County Human Rights Commissioner.  He served a six-year term as one of nine commissioners.

Paul was born and raised in Framingham, MA and spent most of his life in and around Boston. He earned a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s Seminary College and a Master’s Degree in Urban Sociology from Boston College. He has extensive experience in organizational management and administration, international negotiations and community-based program development. He has also taught social and economic policy on the university level.

From 2009-2014, he served as principal consultant to Clean Energy Solutions, Inc., a small Cambridge-based energy efficiency consulting firm that provided project management services to the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, The City of Cleveland, the Better Buildings Programs in Jacksonville, Florida and New Orleans, and the Atlanta-based Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Prior to that, he served as senior manager and president of The School for Field Studies (SFS), an international field-based, environmental research and community development organization serving indigenous communities in Kenya, Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia and the British West Indies.

Paul and his wife, Vianna, have owned a home in East Sandwich since 2005. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.

~ What has inspired you to serve as a member of The Cape Cod Foundation Board of Directors?

"Since moving to the Cape about thirteen years ago, I have heard nothing but great things about the Cape Cod Foundation and its widespread philanthropy. During my career, mainly creating and managing nonprofit organizations, I have had a lot of opportunity to interact with foundations, but always from “the other side of the table.” The creation of The Fund for Sandwich has provided my colleagues and me an opportunity to work closely as an affiliate of The Foundation. As a representative of The Fund it has also provided me an opportunity to join and serve directly on the Foundation’s Board. It is my goal to serve professionally and energetically, with a fair degree of knowledge about the challenges that Cape-based nonprofit organizations face every day. I am excited about the opportunity to do so."