Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei is the Director of the Youth Well-Being Project for the Human Rights Campaign and chairs their annual national conference Time to THRIVE: Promoting Safety, Inclusion and Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth. Formally, he helped to launch and eventually directed CESCaL’s national educator conference focused on LGBTQ youth titled, Supporting Students ~ Saving Lives.
Working as a secondary English teacher, intervention coach, school counselor and soccer coach, Vinnie brings ten years of educator experience to the Educational Leadership program. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Business at San Diego State University, a Teaching Credential at CSU Long Beach, a Master’s Degree in Administration at CSU San Bernardino, and a second Master’s Degree in School Counseling at Azusa Pacific University.
Vinnie was recently elected as 2013-2014 President of the California Association of School Counselors. Previously he sat on the California Teachers Association LGBTQ Issues Advisory Committee, was a National LGBTQ Cadre Trainer with the National Education Association and authored the LGBTQ section of the American School Counselor Association’s National Model. Vinnie also served as a Chapter President for PFLAG and was an Ambassador for The Trevor Project.
Vinnie’s passion and enthusiasm for creating safe and inclusive schools has been nationally recognized. He was one of four public educators invited to the first White House anti-Bullying Summit with President Obama and the First Lady. After the horrific school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Vinnie was called to testify at a congressional hearing on safe schools in Washington D.C. In addition, he was named one of the Advocate Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, honored by Equality California and selected by the National Education Association as a Classroom Superhero.
PK-12 Program, 2011 Cohort