Paulo R. Pinto is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS). He has served the Portuguese-speaking community throughout his 30-year career in the health and social service field. He began working at MAPS in January 1994, serving as Program Administrator for the agency’s Disease Prevention and Education Program until late 1995, when he was promoted to the position of Deputy Executive Director. He served as the agency’s second-in-command until 2000, when he was appointed Executive Director by the MAPS Board of Directors.
A native of Portugal who grew up in Mozambique, Mr. Pinto immigrated to the US in 1980. He holds a BA in Political Science with a minor in English from the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Suffolk University.
He received the Brazilian Times Community Service Awards in 2000, 2008 and 2012, and the Portuguese Heritage Award from the Massachusetts Portuguese American Legislative Caucus at the State House in 2010. He was also selected as a Finalist for the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Award in Leadership by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network.
A founder of the Massachusetts White Ribbon Day (WRD)–a statewide annual campaign promoted by Jane Doe Inc. that recruits men to step up and speak out against violence against women–Mr. Pinto was named a Co-Chair of the 2012 WRD Campaign.
During Mr. Pinto’s tenure as Executive Director of MAPS, the organization has greatly expanded services and received many distinguished awards for its leadership and capacity to address the needs of the community.
He is a member of the Governor’s Council to Address Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Advisory Council on New Americans, the Jane Doe Inc. Board of Directors, and the Community Health Advisory Council of Cambridge Health Alliance. He is also a Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.