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Paul Cohen, EDC Executive Director

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Paul joined the EDC on July 16, 2015 as the Executive Director. In assuming the leadership of the Eviction Defense Collaborative, Paul looks forward to dedicating himself to protect and preserve housing for the residents of San Francisco.  Prior to this Executive Directorship, Paul spent nine years at Legal Aid of Marin in San Rafael and eleven years at La Raza Centro Legal in San Francisco and San Mateo County. In Marin, Paul oversaw the provision of free legal services to nearly 20,000 Marin households. During his tenure as Executive Director, Paul created several programs and clinics to reach more residents in including the Marin Mandatory Settlement Conference calendar for Residential Evictions, the Marin Medical-Legal Partnership, the Marin Healthy Homes Project, the Marin Opportunity Centers and the Marin Lawyer Referral Service. Paul was also a Board member of the EDC for several years before leaving for Marin in 2006. He is a graduate of the University of San Francisco School of Law and the University of Michigan (Political Science and Spanish). Paul has dedicated most of his adult life to social justice issues primarily as a tenant civil rights attorney. The EDC brings Paul back to his home of San Francisco.