Paul Boskind

Founder at Deer Oaks Eap Services, LLC

Paul Boskind

Paul Boskind

Founder at Deer Oaks Eap Services, LLC


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Paul Boskind, Ph.D. is a psychologist, Chief Executive Officer, national LGBTQ activist, philanthropist, and Tony Award-winning Broadway producer.

In overcoming life struggles, Boskind personifies the meaning of a self-made entrepreneur — not just in the behavioral health arena, but also in diverse business ventures such as the hotel, restaurant, grocery and liquor store, and real estate development sectors. A diagnosis of Stargardt’s disease with progressive blindness at age 21 propelled Boskind to diligently earn his psychology degrees and Ph.D.

A business-savvy psychologist, Boskind founded Deer Oaks Behavioral Health Organization in 1992. Beginning as a sole-practitioner clinic, the organization now provides behavioral health services at nursing homes throughout the United States. Deer Oaks also provides Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services throughout the US as well as internationally and is one of the largest employers of psychologists in the nation.

Boskind’s decades-long track record for activism has impacted countless lives and shaped the status of equality in the United States. His financial generosity and strategic guidance helped spearhead the initiation of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) global expansion, the Tyler Clementi Foundation, and other initiatives.

Throughout his activism, Boskind has consistently served as a crucial bridge and unifying voice between LGBTQ organizations, successfully stressing the competing groups to realize the fruits of collaboration. In this capacity, Boskind, time and time again, helped coalesce organizations such as Equality Texas, the HRC, and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and was an esteemed guest at President Obama’s historic signing of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

At the frontlines of political movements, Boskind has also hosted numerous Democratic fundraisers for Presidential, Senatorial and Congressional candidates.

With his finger on the pulse of social change, Boskind counsels national groups, in turn driving progress through political action, lobbying, elections, public policy, international relations, and the advancement of equal rights. He serves on the National Finance Committee of the DNC, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), the Board of Directors of HRC, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the Victory Institute, All OUT International, mothers2mothers (a pediatric HIV prevention organization in Africa), as well as the Tyler Clementi Foundation Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees for the Center for American Progress (CAP), and the Foundation Fighting Blindness Leadership Council.

As a celebrated producer, Boskind creatively orchestrated his gay-themed plays and musicals to entertain as well as to effectively promote understanding around LGBTQ equality issues.

In 2007, Boskind produced “Southern Baptist Sissies” at the Church Theater in San Antonio, which he owned and operated, leading to his passion for producing gay-themed shows on Broadway. His Broadway credits include sold-out and highly acclaimed runs of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (2011),” “The Best Man (2012),” and “Mother and Sons (2014).”

Boskind won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for the 2011 Broadway debut of the “The Normal Heart.” The groundbreaking drama showcased the tribulations of the early 1980’s AIDS crisis in New York City.

Boskind graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio and holds a Masters of Arts in Psychology from St. Mary’s University. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. in clinical and school psychology from Hofstra University in New York.

Boskind was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas where his Deer Oaks company is presently headquartered. Due to his Irish ancestry, Boskind splits his time between his penthouse in Times Square, New York and his 15th Century Clonbrock castle in Ireland.

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Deer Oaks Eap Services, LLC

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Co-Founder at The Tyler Clementi Foundation

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Co-Founder at The Tyler Clementi Foundation

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Co-Founder at All Out Action Fund, Inc.

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Co-Founder at Avaaz Foundation

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Co-Founder at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

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President & Chief Operating Officer at Workplace Options LLC

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Director at The Tyler Clementi Foundation

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Partner at Brown & Connery LLP

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Member, Board of Directors at San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus

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Director at The Tyler Clementi Foundation

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Paul Boskind
Founder at Deer Oaks Eap Services, LLC
Ph.D. in Clinical & School Psychology
Class of 1987

Hofstra University is a private, nonsectarian institution of higher learning located in the Village of Hempstead, New York, United States, about 7 miles (11 km) east of New York City. It originated in 1935 as an extension of New York University (NYU) called "Nassau College – Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island";[4] in 1937, the institution separated from NYU and gained independence as Hofstra College,[5] and in 1963, Hofstra College gained university status. Comprising ten schools, including a School of Medicine and a School of Law, Hofstra is noted for a series of prominent Presidential conferences, as well as being selected to host a United States Presidential Debate in 2008 and 2012. The university organizes a wide range of other international academic conferences (many under the aegis of the Hofstra Cultural Center), holds an annual Shakespeare festival in its own replica of the Globe Theatre, and has both an arboretum and bird sanctuary.

M.A. in Clinical Psychology
Class of 1984

St. Mary's University, founded in 1852 by Marianist brothers and priests, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in Texas and the Southwest. Personal attention and powerful academic programs have made St. Mary's, located on 135 acres northwest of downtown San Antonio, a nationally recognized liberal arts institution. With a diverse student population of nearly 4,000 of all faiths and backgrounds, St. Mary's is home to five schools: Humanities and Social Sciences, Bill Greehey School of Business, Science, Engineering and Technology, Graduate, and Law. The University provides a Catholic education experience that evokes academic excellence while integrating liberal studies, professional preparation and ethical commitment. St. Mary's 192 full-time faculty members, 94 percent of whom hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields, are committed to student success in and out of the classroom. St. Mary's has approximately 70 undergraduate and graduate majors and offers over 120 degree programs, which include two doctoral and two law programs. The student/faculty ratio of 13-to-1 permits small classes and promotes active learning. The Marianists who came to San Antonio in 1852 responded to the call of their superiors to establish an educational institution to regenerate the people of the city. Through their work and the work of those who followed them, St. Mary's University has maintained its reputation as "a noble institution destined to be a great education center of the Southwest." St. Mary's serves the various communities of San Antonio, the Southwest, the nation and the world through the intellectual, spiritual, moral and professional leadership of its faculty, administration, staff and students.

B.A. in Psychology
Class of 1982

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the largest institution of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students.

Career History
1992 - Current
Boards & Committees

SLDN is a non-partisan,non-profit, legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to servicemembers and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. Since 1993, SLDN in-house legal team has responded to more than 11,500 requests for assistance.

Member, Advisory Council

The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies. Through educational partnerships, research, public dialogues and awareness programs, TCF fosters empathetic, constructive discussions of respect and dignity for youth and families, at all levels of society.

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$50K - $100K

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Their aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

$15K - $20K

Council of the Americas, Inc. is a non-profit organization, which engages in the management of professional membership organization. It aims to promote economic and social development, open markets, rule of law, and democracy. The firm is composed of companies representing the sectors of banking and finance, consulting services, consumer products, energy and mining, manufacturing, media, technology, and transportation. The company was founded by David Rockefeller Sr. in 1965 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

$10K +


Political Donations

DNC Service Corp. operates a political party. It is an organization which raises fund for the Democratic Party which has been a part of the U.S. political landscape. The company plans the presidential nominating convention, promotes candidates from the local to the national level and sets the party platform. DNC Service was founded in 1848 and is located in Washington, DC.


DNC Service Corp. operates a political party. It is an organization which raises fund for the Democratic Party which has been a part of the U.S. political landscape. The company plans the presidential nominating convention, promotes candidates from the local to the national level and sets the party platform. DNC Service was founded in 1848 and is located in Washington, DC.

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Awards & Honors
Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play
Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas
New York State Certified School Psychologist
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