Esq., US Navy veteran
Paula M. Neira, RN, CEN, Esq. (LT, USN/USNR 1985-1991) graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. A qualified Surface Warfare Officer, Paula served at sea and ashore on active duty and as a reservist, including serving in mine warfare combat during Operation Desert Storm. After leaving the Navy, she became a registered nurse, certified in emergency nursing, and specializing in adult emergency/trauma care. She is also a graduate of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in East Lansing, Michigan and a member of the Maryland bar. A leader in the fight to repeal DADT and in ongoing efforts to obtain LGBT equality in the military, she is a former SLDN staff attorney, former SLDN Board member, and former co-chair of SLDN's and OS-SLDN's Military Advisory Council. She is recognized as a national expert on military policy relating to sexual minorities. She currently resides in Maryland.