Michael Paymar, Executive Director
Michael Paymar is an author, film producer, keynote speaker, trainer and policymaker. He spent 18 year years as an elected member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. During that time, he chaired the House Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee which has financial oversight over the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Department of Corrections, Department of Human Rights and crime victim programs.
Michael is the executive director of Education for Critical Thinking and was a key leader in
the nationally recognized Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project. With his long-time colleague the late Dr. Ellen Pence they developed the award-winning documentary With Impunity: Men and Gender Violence an exploration into how our culture supports men’s use of violence against women and girls through domestic violence, rape, violent pornography and trafficking.
Michael is the author of the book Violent No More: Helping Men End Domestic Abuse and is the
co-author of Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter, the most widely used curriculum and treatment model for domestic abuse offenders in the world.
Michael earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of St. Scholastica where he was a Benedictine Scholar. He is a past adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas. He lectures and trains nationally and internationally on ending gender-based violence through primary prevention and intervention, best practices in public safety approaches and policy development.