Why PI-Philly?

Italian Professionals already created numerous other organizations in the United States, based in large cities like Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

In the fall of 2011, thanks to the support of the Consulate General of Italy in Philadelphia and inspired by the success in those other cities, a small group of italian professionals has put together their energies, ideas and skills to build a professional and cultural network of Italians in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

To this aim, PI-Philly promotes collaborations with the other italian Professional groups around the United States and with other associations of Italians in the Philadelphia Area, working in partnership with the Consulate General of Italy.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ALESSIA ANGELIN – PRESIDENT

Alessia is a founder member of PI-Philly and current President. She is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Organization and she is involved in the management of the partnerships and in the planning and logistics of the events.

Alessia received her Master’s Degree in Biology and her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Pathology from the University of Padova. She currently works in the biomedical research field as a research associate at the Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia/University of Pennsylvania.

PATRIZIA PORAZZI – TREASURER

Patrizia joined PI-Philly in 2013. As the treasurer, she administers and manages the financial aspects of the association.

Patrizia received her Ph.D. in Medical Biotechnology from the University of Milan. She currently works as a post-doctoral fellow in the Division of Oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she studies the molecular and cellular basis of infant leukemia.

NADIA MAGNANINI – VICE PRESIDENT & SECRETARY

Nadia joined PI-Philly in 2013. She is in charge of coordinating the board of directors, she manages the organization of the events and the public relations of the Organization.

Nadia received a Master’s Degree in International Relations at the School of Political Science of the University of Torino. After several years abroad, she ended up in Philadelphia where she teaches Italian language as an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University.

ALESSANDRO CALIA

Alessandro is a founder member of PI-Philly. He is in charge of website design and maintenance and is involved in PI-Philly’s management.

Alessandro received his Master’s Degree in International Economics at the School of Political Science of the University of Bari. He currently works as a web and mobile developer for a healthcare communication and education company and has almost 15 years of experience in the field.

ALESSANDRO GARDINI

Alessandro is a founder member of PI-Philly. He is responsible for the planning and logistics of events and partnerships and provides graphic support.

Alessandro was born and raised in Bologna, he received a PhD in Molecular Medicine at the University of Milan and he is now Assistant Professor at the Wistar Institute.

SILVIA LICCIULLI

Silvia is a founder member of PI-Philly. She is in charge of editorial support and content writing and helps maintain relations with the media.

Silvia lived in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2012 and recently returned to Philly after spending three years in Florida for work, during which she has stayed active as a PI-Philly member. Silvia earned her PhD in Molecular Oncology at the European Institute of Oncology in Milan and currently works in cancer research as a post-doctoral fellow.

ALESSANDRA MIRRA

Alessandra is a founder member of PI-Philly. She is in charge of the relations with Cinema and Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Alessandra graduated in Italian Literature from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2004. She received her Doctorate in Italian Literature at the University of Macerata in 2008, and she is now completing her PhD in Italian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn she also teaches courses of Italian language and culture, and she pursued the Graduate Cinema Certificate.

FRANCESCO SGRAZZUTTI

Francesco is a founder member of PI-Philly and coordinates the public image of the organization.

He is an Italian architect and the principal at his own planning and design firm, with several years of experience in the public and private sectors both in Italy and in Philadelphia. He received his Master’s in Architecture at the IUAV in Venice and he has also studied at the TU Berlin and at UC Berkeley. Francesco is a member of the Italian Architectural Association.

CARLO SIRACUSA

Carlo is a founder member of PI-Philly is involved in managing partnerships and planning logistics of the events.

Carlo is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. He obtained a PhD in Animal Medicine and Welfare in 2008 and completed his residency in Animal Behavior in 2011. Carlo is the director of the Animal Behavior Service at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

ITALO TEMPERA

Italo is a founder member of PI-Philly and is involved in the planning and logistics of events and partnerships.

Italo received his PhD in Biochemistry at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and he is now Assistant Professor at Temple University.

ALUMNI

SAMANTA MARIANI

Samanta is a founder member of PI-Philly and has served as the first coordinator of the management group from 2010 to 2013. During her stay in Philadelphia she has worked as a researcher at the Cancer Biology Department of the Thomas Jefferson University. Samanta is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Edimburgh (UK).

PAOLO AVERSA

Paolo is a founder member of PI-Philly and has been an active member from 2011 to 2012. He worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Management Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is now a lecturer at the Cass Business School in London (UK).

VINCENZO TETTAMANTI

Vincenzo is a founder member of PI-Philly and has been involved in the maintenance of the website and the social networks from 2011 to 2014. He has worked as the marketing manager for a publishing company and has recently started his own business in West Chester.

PAOLO POGGIO

Paolo is a founder member of PI-Philly and has been involved in the maintenance of the website and the social networks from 2011 to 2013. Paolo has conducted part of his PhD research at the University of Pennsylvania and he is currently a researcher at the Centro Cardiologico Monzino in Milan, Italy.

CHIARA BERTOLASO

Chiara has been a member of PI-Philly from 2012 to 2013 and she contributed to the organization and development of PI-Philly’s social events. She has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is currently a resident at the University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy.

COLLABORATORS

VERONICA CONCILIO SCOTT

GHAZAL SAADAT-LAJEVARDI

LAURA COSENTINO

ALESSANDRO CAFFARO

ENRICO TERSIGNI