Paul Liberty was appointed Vice President for Government and Community Relations in October 2012, reporting directly to President Ángel Cabrera. As Vice President, he oversees a team working with federal, state, and local governments as well as the business and civic communities. He leads several major university-wide initiatives and is a member of the university’s Executive Council and President’s Council. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Liberty served as Interim Vice President for University Relations, responsible for managing community relations, creative services, events management, media and public relations, university information, and web communications.
Mr. Liberty brings over 25 years of experience to Mason in leadership roles developing and executing wide ranging strategic plans for customers, employees, investors, and partners. Prior to joining Mason, he was an executive for two publicly traded companies and a merger and acquisition advisory firm overseeing internal and external communications, corporate affairs, investor relations, legislative affairs, marketing and public relations. In addition to his corporate activities, Mr. Liberty worked on Capitol Hill for then Congressman John Kasich, now Governor of Ohio, served in the White House under President George H.W. Bush and at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for Secretary Jack Kemp. Mr. Liberty also has managed policy and legislative functions for a large business association and was chief of staff for an elected member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Liberty has been active in a number of business, civic, and charitable organizations including: Fairfax County Information Technology Advisory Committee, Celebrate Fairfax, Small Business Resource Partnership, Fairfax County Advisory Citizens Reapportionment Committee, Northern Virginia Technology Council, The International Children’s Festival, Virginia Public Access Project, Leadership Fairfax, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, and Catholic Charities. He has also been appointed by state and local elected officials to task forces and study committees.