PAULA QUICK HALL earned her doctorate in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998, specializing in Public Administration and Public Policy. In 1999 she founded the African American Education & Research Organization (AAERO). Her research and writing has drawn attention to issues of educational equity, racial discrimination in desegregated schools, and opportunities for groups underrepresented in science careers. Hall served as Associate Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department at Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has worked more than fifteen years in nonprofit organizations, including the College Board and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She also worked at the Niagara Falls Board of Education, the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina A&T State University. At Research and Evaluation Associates, Inc. Hall worked on several projects addressing issues such as disproportionate confinement of minority youth in the juvenile justice system and childcare provider training. Dr. Hall’s early education included a summer at N.C. Governor’s School, graduation from E.E. Smith Senior High in Fayetteville, a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Howard University in Washington, DC, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. She spent a year at the National Science Foundation as an American Educational Research Association Graduate Fellow. Paula Quick Hall’s interest and commitment to AAERO come from her experience as s student, mother, grandmother and educator. She is currently retired and spending most of her time engaged with AAERO, Melchor-Quick Meeting House, and relationships with friends and family.