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Paul F. Toner is a Cambridge City Councillor and president of Cambridge Strategic Partnerships, LLC providing education consulting services. He is an experienced senior executive in education policy, association governance, labor law and government relations. He is also a member of the Broad Academy class of 2017.
Prior to running for office, he was Senior Director of National Policy and Partnerships for Teach Plus, a non-profit working with educators nationwide to elevate classroom teacher voices in education policy and practice. Paul also served as president of the 117,000-member Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), a position he held from 2010 to 2014. Paul, a middle school social studies teacher, lawyer and former president of the Cambridge Teachers Association, was elected MTA president after serving for four years as the MTA’s vice president. During his tenure, he made the MTA the voice of the profession and established the teachers union as a partner in developing and implementing state and federal policies such as teacher-evaluation frameworks, new curriculum standards, district and school accountability measures, while strengthening labor-management collaboration focused on improving student achievement.
He graduated from Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations. He also holds a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of Massachusetts in Boston and a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School. He lives in Cambridge with his wife, Susan, and their two children, Grace and Jack.