Vince joins our teams with a wide range of experiences in working to serve young people and their families and has served the community of Tacoma for 17 years. Vince founded Project 253 & Tuff Love Intervention – an organization that focuses on youth development and building thriving vibrant communities. Much of his work has been dedicated to interrupting the school to prison pipeline, working countless hours in juvenile reform to develop and implement programs that redirect young people towards positive self-sustaining outcomes. He has dedicated his life to ensuring that marginalized youth and families have the means and resources to attain a healthy, successful and sustainable way of living, and is a committed advocate for youth and families in my community.

“I enjoy time with my family and friends, but above all serving my community,” says Vaielua.

Vince is originally from American Samoa. His father is retired SSG First Class Rev Suipi Vaielua from the village of Amanave, American Samoa who currently pastors Ft. Lewis Christian Church. His late mother is Milovale Salave’a Vaielua from the village of Onenoa, American Samoa. Vince and his wife Judy have seven children, six girls and one boy. Their faith in Jesus Christ and strong Polynesian Heritage stands at the center of their everyday existence. His family mantra is “God First”, which is present in all things he and his family do.