Paul grew up in an east coast family devoted to community service. A New Jersey native from the Township of Livingston, his father, Joe, a salesman who routinely worked six-day weeks, made time to serve as a volunteer police officer and president of the Little League baseball program. His mother, Rhoda, in addition to running the household, was perennial president of the PTA, secretary to the township attorney and an ever-present face on local campaigns and committees.
Having fallen in love with the Mile High City during a cross-country voyage, Paul moved his family to Colorado in 1971, living briefly in Breckenridge, Wheat Ridge and Englewood before moving to Denver in 1976. A long time resident of the Virginia Village neighborhood, he has made his home in District 6 for 38 years (in Virginia Village, Washington Park East and Cory Merrill), with the exception of a few years spent in the distant reaches of West Washington Park in the mid-1980s.
A graduate of Upsala College (East Orange, NJ) with a B.A. in Sociology, Paul spent a successful decade in the corporate world, with both IBM and NCR, before shifting gears and signing on as advertising representative with the fledgling Washington Park Profile newspaper shortly after it’s founding in the winter of 1978. Finding The Profile an unexpectedly fine fit for his journalistic talents, love for people and inherited passion for community service, Paul took over the role of publisher in 1983, expanding both the scope and depth of the publication, eventually guiding it to it’s place among the most highly respected of Denver’s community newspapers.
Paul has been recognized by a variety of neighborhood, non-profit and business groups, as well as the Colorado State Senate for his work with The Profile. He has been a sought after guest on local TV and radio programs, and a featured speaker before numerous local organizations. Paul served on the Boards of Directors for Washington Street Community Center and Swallow Hill Music Association.
The proud parent of a blended group of five wonderful children and six grandchildren, outside of work Paul enjoys running, golf, hiking, reading, live music and live theater. Paul and his guitar are in great demand for bedtime lullabyes and campfire singalongs. He is renowned among his peers for his skill at three-ball juggling.
Turning over the reins of the Profile to new ownership, Paul was honored to be elected to represent District 6 in May of 2015.
South-Central Improvement Association, Good Neighbor Award, 1985
Colorado State Senate Commendation for 20 Years of Community
Service – 2000
South Pearl Street Merchants Association, Paul Kashmann Day, 2000
Washington Street Community Center, Jane Craft Good Neighbor Award, 2000
Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation, Gold Star Award, 2007
Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation Presidents Dinner Keynote Speaker, 2008