Paul Roitman Bardack | Biography

Paul Roitman Bardack entered the distance learning field in 1999, after a first career in law and government relations in which he practiced tax law, served as Deputy HUD Assistant Secretary, served as senior policy advisor to the New Jersey Governor, worked as legislative counsel on Capitol Hill, managed a municipal agency, and lobbied for children's causes.

Within his second, distance learning, career Paul has:

  • Been international distance learning manager of Booz Allen Hamilton, helping lead that firm to create a $250 million per year global online education business;
  • Served as first chief executive officer of, an educational website he built to become the most visited of its type in the world;
  • Advised the first Obama Presidential campaign on distance learning public policy;
  • Worked as deputy director of the Department of Defense Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, the federal government's signature eLearning program, refocusing it upon civilian workforce training;
  • Created and led the George Mason University Center for Online Workforce Development, an interdisciplinary eLearning think tank;
  • Directed the business development team of Paltech, Inc., an educational software company; and
  • Been honored by his peers for contributing to the growth of the eLearning industry through his selection as chair of the United States Distance Learning Association.

Paul is often invited to speak internationally on public policy, law, and technology topics pertaining to distance learning, including appearances before the British House of Commons, the US Senate and House of Representatives, the Zurich International Plugfest, the Israeli Knesset, the Toronto United Jewish Communities General Assembly, the Masie Learning Conference, and the National Press Club.

Paul is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and the American University School of Law (JD).