Paul Jhin is the director of the Office of Planning, Policy and Analysis for the Peace Corps. He is the Peace Corps’ liaison to the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. His office provides the agency with statistical reports about Peace Corps volunteers, country status reports, and updatess to the volunteer handbook.
Prior to the Peace Corps appointment, he served as the Director of the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging, Los Angeles (NAPCA, LA), and served as Commissioner of the California Postsecondary Education Commission. He has also served as executive assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In this Senior Executive position, Dr. Jhin served as a personal advisor and consultant to the Secretary on the formulation of broad department policies and the implementation of Department of Veterans Affairs programs authorized by congress and mandated by the President. Dr. Jhin's major responsibility was to launch Total Quality Management (TQM) initiatives in the agency and transform the VA to adopt TQM culture. From 1983-1990, Dr. Jhin served as Assistant Superintendent for Educational Technology in the District of Columbia Public School system. Prior to that, he was the Director of Special Projects at the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Jhin's many achievements have been recognized at the national level and he has numerous significant honors including "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges" and “Outstanding Young Men of America". He also received “Kukmin-Hunchang Dongpaik-Chang”, highest civilian award from the Korean government. He was named "Huntsville's Outstanding Young Educator of the Year" by the Huntsville Alabama Jaycees, and "Alabama's Outstanding Young Educator of the Year” by the Alabama Jaycees. He also received the prestigious "Distinguished Service Award" from the Federal Council of Asian Pacific Americans.
Dr. Jhin has earned five college degrees: an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts from Freed-Hardeman University, a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from David Lipscomb University, a Masters degree in Government and International Relations from New York University, a second Masters degree in Mathematics from Boston College, and a Doctorate degree in Mathematics Education from Auburn University. Dr. Jhin is fluent in English and Korean, and has facility in Japanese and Greek. He is married to Hyo Bee Choi.