New Communications Director Joins CFI

February 20, 2012

This past week, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) welcomed Paul Fidalgo as its new communications director. “Paul brings to CFI a sincere passion for the secular and skeptic movements, as well as an excellent grasp of both traditional and new media,” said Ronald A. Lindsay, CFI’s president and CEO. “His experience in politics, communications, and the arts will be a tremendous asset to our organization and its mission.”

Lindsay also heralded the important contributions of outgoing communications director Michelle Blackley, who is moving on to pursue other exciting opportunities. “Michelle brought a great deal of intelligence and professionalism to her work, and was a crucial member of our team. We thank her and sincerely wish her the best in her new endeavors.”

Paul Fidalgo previously served as communications director for the Secular Coalition for America and FairVote: the Center for Voting and Democracy. In the 2008 presidential campaign season, he worked as a media researcher for the Hillary Clinton campaign, and later debunked false claims and rumors for, a venture of John Kerry’s PAC,, and Blue State Digital. 

He holds a master’s degree in political management from George Washington University, where the subject of his master’s thesis was atheists’ precarious place in American politics. He has also been a guest speaker for CFI–DC’s “Voices of Reason” series, and has blogged extensively on atheism in American culture and media.

Paul is also an actor and musician whose work includes five years performing with the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia. Originally from New Jersey, he now lives in Maine with his wife Jessica and son Toby.

The Center for Inquiry, a nonprofit educational, advocacy, and research organization based in Amherst, New York, is also home to the Council for Secular Humanism and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. The mission of the Center for Inquiry is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.