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Vince D. Pearson

A Chicago native, Vince attended Iowa State University, where he studied Architecture along with Occupational Health and Safety. While attending the university he became a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. After graduating from ISU he soon relocated to Sacramento, California where he currently resides.

Almost immediately upon arriving in Sacramento Vince knew he wanted to work with youth in some capacity and particularly African-American male youth. After attending an informational meeting conducted by staff of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Chapter of Greater Sacramento and hearing about the great need for African-American male mentors for the boys in the program, he knew this is where he wanted to devote his time. He eventually was matched to two young boys (littles) over a 20 year period. Also, during this period, Vince was recommended and appointed to the board of directors of BBBS and maintained that position for five years.

Vince has also been involved with other mentorship programs and workshops over the past 20 years. He has worked with youth in several nonprofits including Dayspring Outreach, TARGET: Excellence and the OKAY Program based in Rancho Cordova, California. He also served on a Prison Ministry Team for several years where he would spend group time as well as, one-on-one time encouraging the youth in the facility.

Vince currently is employed with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency as the Agency Risk Manager where he oversees the insurance, contract review and claims programs.

Growing up in a two parent household and with a strong father to guide him, Vince feels it is his calling to work with and help guide many of the young African-American males that have no father or father figure to help provide proper upbringing. He co-founded ACE Enterprises Inc, for the primary purpose of being able to provide opportunity, exposure and hope too many of the young males who ordinarily may not have the chances that many of us have and take for granted.

A quote by Martin Luther King Jr. has helped guide Vince through many facets of his life “A Man Can’t Ride Your Back Unless It Is Bent”. He believes many of our young African-American males need to stand tall, be proud of who they are and grab hold to a positive and meaningful future.