Vincent Paolo Villano is the Director of Communications at the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) responsible for the organization's media relations and digital strategies. Vincent joins NCTE from the Center for American Progress where through the youth organizing arm, Campus Progress, he executed over 150 political, cultural and advocacy local and national events that advance progressive policies in higher education, climate change, and immigration and LGBT equality. Prior to his work at Campus Progress, Vincent cut his teeth in public relations working with recognized media expert, Cathy Renna.
Vincent has an electoral background supporting progressive candidates and social justice issue campaigns in organizing, fundraising and communications. Most recently, as a member of DC Asian Pacific Americans (APA) for Progress, Vincent led communications for the "Say Sorry Barry" campaign, a coalition effort of local and national APA groups that held Councilmember Marion Barry accountable for his anti-Asian and anti-immigrant remarks.
Vincent is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a 2008 graduate of the American University School of Public Affairs, and a 2009 New Leaders Fellow at the Center for Progressive Leadership.