350th anniversary of Rhode Island's "lively experiment" in religious freedom
RI Deputy Secretary of State Paul Caranci is responsible for directing the policy and programs of the Secretary’s office. On behalf of Secretary Ralph Mollis, serves as the legislative and executive lobbyist, and assists in developing the Secretary’s legislative agenda.
Paul received a BA in Political Science from Providence College with a degree in Political Science in May 1977. He is currently enrolled in the Roger Williams University MPA Program, expecting to earn his degree in 2015. In 2012, Paul published his first book, on the history of North Providence. He expects to publish a second in April, 2013.
Paul has served in both appointed and elected government positions, including 8 years on the North Providence Zoning Board, and over 17 years on the North Providence Town Council where he served as vice-president.
From 1979-95 Paul served as a professional staff member for the RI Resource Recovery Corporation, first serving as Program Planner (where he developed the largest landfill gas recovery/utilization program in New England), and then as the Director of the Real Estate Division. In 1995 he began work as the Director of the Secretary of State’s First Stop Business Information Center and served in that capacity until 2003. In that same year, Paul founded Affiliated Real Estate & Finance, a firm providing real estate, mortgage, title, closing, legal and accounting services.
Paul has volunteered in many capacities including as Chairman of the Diabetes Foundation of Rhode Island, having served on its Board of Directors for 21 years. He has served as an Ambassador for the American Cancer Society. Paul is also an active Board member of the Heritage Harbor Museum and a founding member of the Municipal Heritage Group.