Paul Koehler is the Senior Director of Leadership Development and Outreach for WestEd. In that role he works with WestEd’s CEO to support leadership development in WestEd’s Comprehensive Centers and works directly with state education leaders. He also facilitates WestEd Board’s External Relations Committee.
Koehler previously served as Director of the West and Southwest Comprehensive Centers which provided assistance to chief state school officers and their staffs in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
Previously, Koehler served as Education Advisor to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. He also served as Associate Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education. Prior to that, he was a district superintendent and assistant superintendent for 16 years and a classroom teacher for 10 years.
He received a BS in business management from C.W. Post College, an MS in elementary education from Brooklyn College, and a PhD in elementary education and curriculum development from Arizona State University.