Paul Downing is from the Indian Township Passamaquoddy Reservation, on the eastern border of Maine. He joined the U.S. Army at age 18 and served 22 years before retiring in 2005. Paul has attended various institutions since graduating from Groton-Dunstable High School, MA in 1984.
Paul has been the Indian Township Tribal Government’s Emergency Manager since 2015 and has worked to amass the knowledge and skills he needs to protect Tribal lands. He attended many courses at the National Emergency Management Institute and graduated from the Advanced Academy in 2018. Paul was recently voted and confirmed as the Chairman for the Maine Inter Tribal State Commission on October 15, 2020.
Mr. Downing has served on the FEMA National Advisory Council since 2017. He is a strong advocate for the 574 federally recognized Tribes of the United States. For his efforts, he was named Co-Chair of the National Congress of American Indians’ Public Safety and Tribal Justice Committee, as well as the Co-Chair of the United South and Eastern Tribes’ Homeland Security and Emergency Services Committee.
Paul is attending Grand Canyon University for a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety and Emergency Management, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2020. He will be applying to the Naval Post-Graduate Program to earn a master’s degree in Homeland Security.