John Gomperts

CEO, America's Promise Alliance

United States

John Gomperts is one of America’s foremost advocates for youth development with a long career spanning both government and the nonprofit sector. He is a staunch believer that all young people deserve a chance to lead successful, productive lives.

As president and chief executive officer of America’s Promise Alliance, a coalition of over 350 nonprofits, businesses, and community organizations working together to boost high-school graduation rates and improve the futures of young people. Before taking the helm of the alliance, he led AmeriCorps, the national-service program that encourages young adults to volunteer. From 2006 to 2010, John was president of Civic Ventures, a think tank that connects older people to public-service roles.

No stranger to politics, John was legislative director for Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania and deputy director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee.

He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in history from the University of California at Berkeley. He is married to Katherine J. Klein, a professor of management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and they have two daughters, Nora and Lily.

Read the announcement of John joining Education Post’s Advisory Network.

RECENT POSTS

Posted Sep. 9, 2016

5 Reasons I’m Optimistic About the Class of 2020

I don’t have teenage kids any more, but I do have a special interest in the nearly 4 million kids…

By John Gomperts

Read Post

Posted Sep. 22, 2015

5 Ways We Can Help At-Risk Youth Graduate From High School

Add relationship poverty to the list of challenges facing young people who leave high school before graduating. It’s not a lack of…

By John Gomperts

Read Post

OUR NETWORK

Featured Posts

Posted Feb. 19, 2019

You Know You Love Teaching When You’re on Maternity Leave and Stop to Talk to a Former Student

#LoveTeaching Week is a grassroots campaign started by teachers in 2015 as an opportunity to celebrate teaching, leading, and learning in a way that unites…

By Heidi Crumrine

Read Post

Posted Feb. 19, 2019

Here’s How We Made Sure My Student’s Dying Father Didn’t Miss Her Graduation

#LoveTeaching Week is a grassroots campaign started by teachers in 2015 as an opportunity to celebrate teaching, leading, and learning in a way that unites…

By Becky Mitchell

Read Post

Posted Feb. 14, 2019

Black Lives Matter in Schools This Month and Every Damn Month

On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, I had the honor of speaking at the Black Lives Matter in Schools Week of Action rally. The audience was…

By Sharif El-Mekki

Read Post

Accountability

How does the federal government support our public schools? Find out the ABC’s of ESEA, ESSA and No Child Left Behind →

Browse by Date

Keep Up With
Education Post

Sign up for weekly emails featuring our top blog posts:

Want more? Get our morning update and join us in #Voices4Ed.

What We’re
Tweeting