Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Paul Dionne brings a wealth of project management, strategic-level thinking and planning, and extensive experience working in academia to Filene’s research team as the Research Project Associate.
After falling in love with anthropology during his undergraduate studies in film/video at Middlebury College in Vermont, Paul went on to pursue graduate studies at the University of North Carolina in Cultural Anthropology, reaching ABD status.
Paul joins Filene after working at Beloit College, most recently as their Associate Director of Student Success, Equity, and Inclusion. In this and other roles at Beloit College he supported government and foundation relations, sponsored research, and retention strategies to increase student success and graduation rates.
Ready for a career pivot, Paul found Filene. He is excited to work with an organization that shares his values in terms of equity and social justice, and he is thrilled to continue to work in academic research in a new field of financial services. As a life-long learner, Paul is currently working towards his MBA in the evening program through UW-Madison.
Although a Canadian at heart, Paul has said he always felt he was destined to end up in Beloit, WI. He lives there with his wife, two children, and yellow lab. Paul enjoys travelling with his family, cooking traditional French Canadian food like tourtiere, and running long distances. See more of Paul on his LinkedIn.