Paul Riser

Senior Program Officer, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation

Paul Riser currently serves as a Senior Program Officer at the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation -- a $1.4 billion grantmaking organization dedicated primarily to sustained investment that improves the quality of life for the people of Southeast Michigan and Western New York. In this role, he leads the Foundation’s entrepreneurship and economic development portfolio, an area that he brings more than 25 years of professional experience to. Prior to joining the Foundation, Riser served as the inaugural Director of Detroit Urban Solutions at TechTown Detroit. A role that entailed leading a technology innovation consortium dedicated to advancing the growth of Detroit’s high-tech ecosystem and supporting the development of solutions to urban challenges across Greater Detroit. Prior to taking on this role, Paul was the Managing Director of Technology-Based Entrepreneurship at TechTown Detroit where he guided the design, execution, and management of the nonprofit’s technology programming for early-stage companies.