President and CEO, America’s Promise Alliance
John Gomperts became President and CEO of America’s Promise Alliance in May 2012. Gomperts has a track record of success in both government and the nonprofit sectors where his accomplishments include design and implementation of strategic initiatives, developing innovative policies and programs, and forging partnerships and coalitions. Most recently, he served as Director of AmeriCorps, starting in June 2010, with a responsibility for implementing the bipartisan Kennedy Serve America Act. His work at AmeriCorps focused on demonstrating and increasing community impact and strengthening the AmeriCorps member experience.
From 2006-2010, Gomperts served as President of Civic Ventures, an organization devoted to promoting the engagement of millions of experienced baby boomers in encore careers. Gomperts was CEO of non-profit Experience Corps for five years beginning in 2003, leading a program that recruits people over 55 to be tutors and mentors in urban public schools. He led Experience Corps through dramatic growth and expansion, as well as a highly successful independent evaluation of Experience Corps’ impact.
Prior to joining Civic Ventures and Experience Corps, Gomperts served in a variety of positions including COO at Public Education Network; Chief of Staff for the Corporation for National and Community Service; Legislative Director for Senator Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania; and Deputy Director of the Senate Democratic Leadership Committee, working for Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and John Kerry of Massachusetts. Before heading to Capitol Hill, Gomperts practiced law and clerked for a federal judge.
Gomperts has also served on numerous boards and advisory groups, including Points of Light Institute/Hands On Network, VolunteerMatch, The News Literacy Project and Politics & Prose Bookstore.
Gomperts earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Berkeley with an A.B. in History. Gomperts is married to Katherine J. Klein, a Professor of Management at The Wharton School, and they have two daughters, Nora and Lily.