Paul graduated in May 2013 with a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University’s Elliott School where he studied Conflict, Security, and Latin America with a particular focus on energy security and Brazil. This culminated in his senior thesis: “The Embers of Empire: Race and Honor, The Decline of the US and the Rise of the Pax Braziliana,” an in depth comparison of the cultures and histories from colonization through the present of the United States and Brazil. Mr. Fischer spent the entirety of his junior year, July 2011 – July 2012, living and studying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica. Coupled with his participation in the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, his time abroad had a profound impact on his worldview and thoughts on multilateral cooperation.
Mr. Fischer has a diverse work history. From September 2012 – May 2013 he was an intern at the US Department of the Treasury in the Office of Legislative Affairs, a period that saw the country go off the “fiscal cliff” as a part of sequester legislation as well as the confirmation of Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. From October 2010 – May 2011 Paul was a tour guide at the Smithsonian Institutions’ National Air and Space Museum, the most visited museum in the country. However, Paul’s true devotion is to social justice. The summer after his freshman year of college, Mr. Fischer interned in his native California at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. Easily identified as a talented researcher, Paul was put in charge of analyzing the past parole hearings and psychological reports of Leslie Van Houten, a member of Charles Manson’s “Family” and participant in the August 1969 LaBianca murders. In Paul’s preparation for Ms. Van Houten’s parole hearing that summer, he came to view her as a victim of Manson’s cult of personality who over the course of her 40+ years in prison had paid her debt to society. Mr. Fischer’s view was not shared by his supervisors and over his protests, the state sought to reject Ms. Van Houten’s pleas for parole. Paul has made a name for himself as a hard worker who will challenge assumptions and groupthink.