Delia Pompa is a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute where she focuses on developing policy for second language learners and immigrant children and youth. She most recently served as the Senior Vice President for Programs at the National Council of La Raza. Throughout her career Pompa’s work has focused on creating new responses to the needs of Hispanic families and children within leading local, state and federal agencies and national and international organizations.
As an educator, Pompa has been especially instrumental in helping academic institutions understand and respond to the needs of underserved children and their teachers. Pompa began her career as a kindergarten teacher in San Antonio. She went on to serve as a district administrator in Houston and as Assistant Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. She is the former Director of the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs in the U.S. Department of Education and the former Executive Director of the National Association for Bilingual Education. Pompa is also the former Director of Education, Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, and Youth Development for the Children’s Defense Fund. She serves on a number of national boards and committees for a wide range of institutions that address the needs of children.