Greg Miraglia is an LGBT activist, college professor of LGBT studies and criminal justice, author, radio host and producer, and professional speaker. He has a Masters Degree in Education, a Bachelors Degree in Business, and is a graduate of the California Commission On Peace Officer Standards and Training Master Instructor Development Program.
Mr. Miraglia authored and now teaches five courses in LGBT studies that make up the LGBT Education Degree Program and LGBT Studies Certificate Program at Napa Valley College He teaches a variety of law enforcement courses including human relations, cultural diversity, work place harassment prevention, hate crimes investigation, and community policing. Most recently, Mr. Miraglia began teaching cooking classes for the Food Enthusiast Program at the Napa Valley Cooking School.
In 2016, Mr. Miraglia was named Dean Emeritus at Napa Valley College after retiring as Dean of Career Technical Education. He continues teaching as a part time member of the faculty at Napa Valley College, Santa Rosa Junior College and the Napa Valley Cooking School.
In 2011, he authored curriculum for an accredited LGBT Studies Program now offered by Napa Valley College. This was the second program of its type offered by a California college. He expanded the program in 2018 to offer an Associates Degree. In July of 2013, Mr. Miraglia was awarded the “Dr. John W. Rice Diversity Award” by the Chancellor of the California Community College system for his work developing hate crime prevention and diversity education programs. He is a nationally recognized speaker and expert on LGBT issues in the law enforcement profession and education. Most recently, he authored Assembly Bill 2504 which provides LGBT awareness training for California law enforcement officers and 9-1-1 dispatchers. Mr. Miraglia developed the first certified LGBT Awareness For Law Enforcement online training course and a train the trainer program in response to this Bill.
Mr. Miraglia serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Matthew Shepard Foundation and is also a radio program host and producer on Outbeat Radio, a weekly LGBT program on KRCB Radio. He serves as an HIV test counselor and educator for Face to Face in Sonoma County. He has over 35 years of experience in law enforcement with three different police departments working most recently as deputy chief of the Napa Valley Railroad Police Department.
After coming out himself in 2004, Mr. Miraglia decided to work with others in law enforcement who are still struggling with the pervasive homophobia that still exists in many areas of the law enforcement, the fire service, and EMS profession. He authored three books including Coming Out From Behind The Badge and American Heroes Coming Out From Behind The Badge.
“The best law enforcement work is done by people for people. We are a profession of people and to that end we share many common human attributes including our sexuality. The variety of sexual orientation found in men and women transcends all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and countries. It also transcends every law enforcement agency serving and protecting every community. It is not a choice, but rather a part of how we were created. Although it can be masked, it cannot ever be changed. It is a part of every human being who carries a badge.” Greg Miraglia, M.A. Ed.