Paul Pastorek

Paul Pastorek

Paul Pastorek ’76, J.D. ’79, is the managing partner of Pastorek Partners, LLC, a national consulting firm dedicated to transforming K-12 public education through innovative and tested strategies. Previously, he was EADS North America’s Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary, with an overall responsibility portfolio that includes oversight of all legal activities – including contracts, ethics and compliance, trade and export control, human resources policy and information technology – along with support for the Board of Directors. Pastorek is an attorney and was associated with the law firm of Adams and Reese for over 27 years as a partner, litigator and corporate attorney. In 2002, he was appointed as General Counsel of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), directing the activities of a 150-attorney legal team and serving as the agency’s Chief Ethics Officer. From 1996 to 2004, he was a member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and was elected to three consecutive terms as Board President from 2001 to 2004. In 2007 he was appointed to the position of Louisiana State Superintendent of Education and served two consecutive terms. He also directed the state’s efforts to turn around over 100 of Louisiana’s most challenged schools, including rebuilding elementary and secondary schools in New Orleans that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Pastorek received both his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is married to his wife Kathy, and has three children: Ryan, Jeffrey, and Kaitlin, all Loyola graduates.