Paul serves as board treasurer and also chairs the research committee for Rainbow Response. He works as the Development & Research Associate at the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to “reducing the use of incarceration and the justice system by promoting fair and effective policies.” He has written several white papers for JPI, including Moving Toward a Public Safety Paradigm: A Roundtable Discussion on Victims and Criminal Justice Reform, Gaming the System, The Education of D.C.,Rethinking the Blues, and Fostering Change.
Prior to joining JPI, Ashton worked as a sexual assault victim advocate, conducting research examining intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community. He also served on the policy committee of the Delaware HIV Consortium. Ashton currently serves on the Police Complaints Board for the District of Columbia, the governing body of the D.C. Office of Police Complaints. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminology from The Ohio State University and his master’s degree in Criminology from the University of Delaware.