Robert Vitelli, MA
As the Chief Operating Officer, Robert provides the leadership and day-to-day management for the LGBT Network's Program, Community Partnerships, and Development Departments, and serves as a member of the Finance Team.
Robert served as the organization's first development officer in 2005, and since that time has raised more than $10 million to support programs for the LGBT community, including anti-bullying, HIV prevention, sexual health, and older adult services. Prior to his development role, Robert began working at the organization in 2001, and served in various capacities as a community educator, organizer, and project director.
Robert has a history of designing and establishing new far-reaching initiatives. Robert conceived and designed the LGBT Network’s National Coming Out Day Campaign, and subsequently established its Safe Schools Initiative as a programmatic centerpiece. His experiences in creating the Safe Schools Initiative has been published in “Gender and Education: An Encyclopedia” (2007). As a fundraiser, he designed and launched the LGBT Network's Partners in Pride business program in 2007 and Long Island LGBT Expo in 2009, increasing the organization’s community profile and building a sustainable corporate sponsorship program. In 2014, Robert designed a national capacity-building project to help LGBT centers across the country to enhance and expand their domestic violence services; he wrote and won the organization’s first federal competitive grant securing $600,000 to launch the project. Most recently, in 2015, Robert also secured $500,000 from the New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) to renovate the LGBT Network’s new Patchogue LGBT Center as the first eco-friendly sustainable LGBT center on the East Coast.
Robert has been featured in various television and print media for his achievements during his time at the LGBT Network. He was recognized as an up-and-coming community leader by Long Island Business News in the 2008 Class of the "40 Under 40" program, and in 2014 profiled by Long Island Pulse Magazine in the “Men of Style & Substance” feature.
Robert served on the New York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network from 2001 to 2010, served as a member of its Steering Committee from 2007-2010, and was a member of the New York State Department of Health Prevention Planning Group in 2014.
Before entering the non-profit human services field, Robert held various student personnel positions at Sarah Lawrence College, La Salle University, and Pace University, New York City Campus. He also was an AmeriCorps National Service Volunteer operating an after-school tutoring program in Oakland, CA.
Robert received his B.S. from Manhattan College and his M.A. from New York University. He was a Board Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Long Island (AFPLI), and is working to complete a Certificate in Fundraising Management. He is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor at Nassau Community College.
Outside of work, Robert is an automotive and jetairliner enthusiast, and enjoys spending time with his husband David and two doggies Sparky and Petey.