Principal & Regional Lead

Cleveland, OH

Jeremy Paris is a public affairs expert and policy counsel who uniquely combines federal and local experience. He joined Raben as principal after serving in senior roles on the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C., and spearheading community and economic development projects in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He has a track record of building strong collaborations to achieve significant community goals for public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders.

As chief counsel for Nominations and Oversight on the Judiciary Committee, Jeremy served as a lead staffer for Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) on four Supreme Court nominations along with numerous nominations to lower federal courts and the Department of Justice; assisted with oversight and investigations of the Department of Justice and the White House; and advised on legislation related to civil rights and constitutional issues. He later served as a special counsel, advising Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) on the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch and assisting with the preparation of the Judiciary Committee’s Democratic staff for the nomination of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Jeremy moved back to Cleveland to take part in the revitalization of his hometown. He served as the first Executive Director of the Group Plan Commission (GPC), a nonprofit organization formed by the City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and key civic stakeholders to reinvigorate Downtown Cleveland’s public spaces. Jeremy directed GPC’s work on a series of catalytic projects, including the recently completed transformation of Cleveland’s Public Square. Jeremy has also served as Strategic Advisor for Public Affairs for University Circle, Inc. (UCI), facilitating the development of a strategic plan to guide UCI’s growth, fostering the creation of stronger alliances between University Circle and neighboring communities, and increasing the long-term vibrancy and viability of University Circle’s Uptown District.

While raising his young family in the Cleveland area, Jeremy has continued to focus on efforts to grow and strengthen the community in Northeast Ohio, serving on numerous boards, including the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation, the Shaker Heights Development Corporation, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and the NE Ohio Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Earlier in his career, Jeremy was a litigation associate at Akin Gump in Washington, D.C., and served as a law clerk to Judge Deborah K. Chasanow of the Federal District Court in Maryland. He is a graduate of Shaker Heights High School, Yale College, and Harvard Law School.