Reville is the founder of the Rennie Center, an independent policy and research organization aiming to improve pre K-12 public education, especially in Massachusetts. In July 2008, Paul was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to be the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth. From August 2007 to July 2008, Paul served as the chair of the Massachusetts State Board of Education. Paul has a long history of educational leadership at the national, state and local levels. Paul is a senior lecturer on educational policy and politics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Earlier, Reville was was executive director of the Pew Forum on Standards-Based Reform, a Harvard-based, national education policy "think tank." Reville was the founding executive director of the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, which helped develop the Education Reform Act of 1993.