John K. DiPaolo

General Counsel and Secretary


John is a 1989 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University, where he received his BA in Social Studies, and a 1993 graduate of Yale Law School, where he served as Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  After law school, John clerked for Judge Anthony J. Scirica on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  John has worked on education issues throughout his career, including at the U.S. Department of Education from 2011 to 2017, where he served as Deputy General Counsel for Postsecondary Education and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy for Civil Rights. Following his work in the Obama administration, John joined the firm of Cozen O’Connor here in San Francisco, where he worked on a myriad of educational matters.


  • Yale Law School

  • Wesleyan University
    B.A., high honors