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The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is honored to announce and welcome its new president, Robert V. Allegrini. Mr. Allegrini is a public relations and hospitality executive, author, civic leader and diplomat who brings a wealth of experience in Italian American affairs to his new role at NIAF.
“I’m pleased to announce that today marks the start of a new chapter in my career as I assume the Presidency of the Washington D.C. based National Italian American Foundation (NIAF). NIAF is the nation’s premier Italian American organization which has as its missions to protect, preserve and promote Italian heritage as well as to serve as a bridge between the United States and Italy. Going forward, I will be dividing my time between Chicago, Washington D.C. and Italy. To all my friends in hospitality, I will soon enjoy being on the client side of the equation for a change as NIAF plans major events across the country” Robert V. Allegrini said.
Most recently, he served for more than a decade as vice president of Communications-the Americas for Hilton. In that role, Mr. Allegrini managed the public relations team serving all the Hilton full service and luxury, corporately managed properties throughout the Western Hemisphere. Concurrently, he also oversaw the brand public relations for Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts worldwide. In 2016, he was named one of 25 extraordinary minds in hospitality marketing by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.
Before the NIAF Board of Directors named Mr. Allegrini to be the Foundation’s president, he served as a Board Member since 2007 and served as Executive Vice President from 2017 to 2021.
Mr. Allegrini’s services to the Italian American community have been recognized by the Republic of Italy which conferred upon him the title of Commendatore (Knight Commander) in the Order of Merit on the personal initiative of former Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi in 2002.
Based in Washington, D.C., NIAF’s mission is to serve as a resource for the Italian American Community; to preserve the Italian American heritage and culture; to promote and inspire a positive image and legacy of Italian Americans; and to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Italy.
The National Italian American Foundation(NIAF) is a nationwide organization headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is the largest and most loyal representative of the more than 20 million Italian American citizens living in the United States. NIAF was founded in 1975 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with no political affiliations.
NIAF’s two most important purposes are to encourage Italian Americans to continue keeping their culturally rich heritage and traditions alive and present, and to ensure that the entire community never forgets the great contribution that Italians have made to the history and progress of the United States. To this end, the Foundation actively collaborates with the United States Congress and the White House on all major issues affecting Italian Americans.
To celebrate the great legacy that unites us and all the objectives achieved so far, NIAF organizes its Anniversary Gala every October in Washington, D.C., which is usually attended by the President of the United States; figureheads from the political, financial and cultural arenas; illustrious Italian Americans; and about 1,200 guests from the United States and Italy.
On this occasion, the Foundation awards honors to eminent Italian and Italian American personalities who have distinguished themselves in their professional or civic role. In the past, NIAF has honored personalities such as Antonin Scalia, who was the first Italian American judge of the United States Supreme Court; Frank Sinatra; Joe Di Maggio; Lee Iacocca; Liza Minnelli; Luciano Pavarotti; and Sofia Loren.
Patrizia Marin is journalist and chairman of Marco Polo Experience, a leading agency specialising in strategic communications, public affairs, marketing and media relations, with twenty years of experience in business internationalisation strategies, communication campaigns, media relations, mapping of the decision makers and community of interests’ relations. Patrizia has been advisor to the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers for Communication, Publishing and Information. As regards the logistics and infrastructure sectors, she has been Head of Communications for the Venice Port Authority; Media Relations Consultant for Aeroporti di Roma; International pr advisor for Atlantia while Vice-President at FBC. Patrizia is Contract Professor in Leadership and International Relations at the IULM University of Milan and has a degree in Law and International Political Science.