Mr. José Manuel Paulino is the Executive Director of SOMOS, Inc. (formerly known as Somos el Futuro). 

Mr. Paulino is a product of the Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican Hispanic Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI).  A statewide high school program which he now ensures receives funds for scholarships from the proceeds of his daily work.  PR/HYLI is an innovative collaboration with the NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force in conjunction with the annual SOMOS Conference, Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages, the New York State City Board of Education, and other agencies as appropriate. The overall purpose of the PR/HYLI is student empowerment. 

Mr. José Paulino received further experience and education in the government process through the highly-competitive post-graduate New York State Senate Fellowship Program. His career in public service spring-boarded upon the completion of the Fellowship when he was appointed by the New York State Senate Democratic Conference Leader to hold several positions within Central Staff in Albany, New York. After fostering many years of personal and professional bonds across the political spectrum of the New York State Legislature, he began in the consulting industry. Mr. Paulino earned nearly a decade of experience of providing government relations, business development consulting and lobbying services to: corporations, businesses, trade associations, unions and non-profit decision makers.

Mr. Paulino earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Binghamton University, with a double concentration from the School of Management (Organizational Leadership) and the College of Community and Public Affairs (Public Health). He holds a BA from Binghamton University in Philosophy, Politics and Law. Currently, Paulino proudly serves on Binghamton University’s MPA Practioner Advisory Board. 

Most recently his alma mater presented him with the Delta Award for distinguished public service by an MPA graduate, has been recognized in City & State’s Albany 40 Under 40 and Albany’s Top 40 Ambassadors and Champions by the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau.