Select Page

About FICCB

The Public Charity “Friends of the Italian Cultural Center of Boston, Inc.” was founded in December 2012, enjoys tax-exempt status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under IRC Section 501(c)(3), and is registered with the Office of the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

FICCB is fueled by “love of all things Italian:” Italian art, culture, language, tradition, entrepreneurship, scientific achievement, innovation, creativity and lifestyle.  We strive to strengthen the connection between New England and Italy for the current and future generations, regardless of age, while also preserving the deeply-rooted Italian heritage in our region and the history of Italian immigration.

 

OUR MISSION

We have a multi-pronged, ambitious mission:

To establish a hub of Italian culture, preserve our rich Italian heritage by creating programs and content, and in time build an Italian cultural center

To forge a strong, united community of italophiles that promotes a forward-looking, fresh take on the Italian and Italian-American identities, one that is both deeply rooted in history and firmly planted in the 21st century

To celebrate all of the contributions Italians, inside and outside Italy, have made and continue to make in art and science, academia and enterprise, innovation and philanthropy

To think, talk and dream about New England’s Italian-American culture and the future of our relationship with Italy

 

OUR BOARD

Click name for biography of each board member:

Cav. Anthony Pangaro, Chair

Ettore Santucci, President

Susan Angelastro, Director

Comm. Emilio Bizzi, Director

Anna di Robilant, Director

Dante Roscini, Director

Joseph Selvaggi, Director

Elaine Call, Director

Alberto Fornero, Director

Fiorenzo Omenetto, Director

 

OUR PROGRAMS

FICCB is committed to planning and executing subject-oriented programming for the Italian and Italian-American communities in Boston and New England: from public lectures, concerts and art shows, to social events designed to build bridges to groups that otherwise might interact infrequently; from supporting enterprise, innovation, science and technology, to supporting the teaching of the Italian language; from celebrations of Italian heritage in food and culture, to providing services to Italian-American communities. In doing so, FICCB wishes to collaborate with organizations with a similar mindset – “love for all things Italian” – using the financial resources that the community has entrusted to FICCB to seed this collaboration and help it bear fruit while uniting the diverse communities we all seek to serve.

 

OUR VISION

FICCB was started with the goal of building an Italian Cultural Center, envisioning a beautiful site where all those who work to promote Italian culture and preserve our rich Italian heritage could come together — and together do in the future more than we have done separately in the past.  We realize, however, that content must come before a container, that collaboration must be fostered in hearts and minds before it is acted out inside a building, and that the strong, united community of italophiles that FICCB wants to represent is created one italophile at a time as we come together to share our common passions.  We endeavor to continue our work on content, collaboration, and community while also planning a physical Italian Cultural Center as the culmination of FICCB’s efforts.

Our Board

Cav. Anthony Pangaro, Chair

Anthony Pangaro has a principal in private real estate development since 1980, completing over $3 billion of projects in Boston, most notably the Millennium Tower (the Filene’s Department Store site), the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Towers, the 10 St. James Avenue Office Tower, and the Four Seasons Hotel and Condominium.  Until his retirement in early 2018, he was principal in the joint venture between his firm, MDA Partners of Boston, and Millennium Partners of New York City.  Previously he managed the development of Boston’s Southwest Corridor transit project, which includes a five-mile-long public park, and held positions at the New York State Urban Development Corporation and the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

A registered architect, Cav. Pangaro earned degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in architecture in building science and a master’s degree from Harvard University in architecture and was awarded the Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard.  He has served as a director on numerous Boston community and nonprofit boards, including the American Repertory Theater, Berklee College, the Boston Center for Adult Education, Opera Boston, and the Lower Roxbury Community Corporation.  He is a member of the board of overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts and a member of the executive committee of the board of the Esplanade Association and served on the Boston Conservatory board for 25 years, including as co-chair, and on the executive and building committees.

Ettore Santucci, President

Ettore Santucci has been a partner in the business law department of Goodwin Procter LLP since 1992, dividing his time among its Boston, New York, and London offices.  He joined Goodwin in 1986 from White & Case.  His practice focuses on cross-border finance, mergers & acquisitions, and the equity and debt capital markets.  In his active cross-border transactional practice, Ettore regularly advises U.S. clients in outbound investments, international joint ventures and M&A, as well as Italian and European clients in similar transactions inbound towards the United States.  He acts as lead corporate and securities counsel for publicly traded companies in a variety of industries, advising them in corporate finance, corporate governance, executive compensation and securities law matters.

Ettore earned a Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Bologna, Italy, and a Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College Law School.  He is a former chair of the ABA Business Law Section’s Legal Opinions Committee, and was the reporter for the Committee’s report on cross-border legal opinions of U.S. counsel.  He is also a member of the TriBar Opinion Committee and the American Law Institute, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Working Group on Legal Opinions.

Ettore has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Corporate Law, Real Estate Law and Securities / Capital Markets Law, selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Capital Markets: REITs), Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (Capital Markets: REITs – National and Corporate/M&A: Capital Markets – Massachusetts). He has also been listed in U.S. News-Best Lawyers and The Legal 500 U.S.

Susan Angelastro, Director

Susan Angelastro is an executive for a major U.S. insurance company.  She has been a highly organized, successful, results oriented consultant for over 30 years in the field of international benefits, with focus on group life, medical and pension contracts in over 50 countries.  She has managed international accounts for many Fortune 500 companies in the evolving field of global employee benefits and has traveled extensively to enhance overseas working relationships.  For the last several years she has had oversight of the Italian market and travels regularly to visit with Italian multinational clients, major brokers and consultants with the goal of expansion and increased visibility.

Through her business and non-profit activities, she has developed broad and deep relationships in Italy, which she brings to bear on her efforts to promote Italy in its multi-faceted aspects and Italian culture in Boston and Florence. Susan earned a MA Degree in Italian language and literature from Middlebury College, with course work and exams completed at the Middlebury Program in Florence and University of Florence.  She is active with several non-profit organizations, including serving as Chair of the Boston Chapter of Save Venice, President of the Circolo Italiano of Boston, and Board member of the Cesare Barbieri Foundation of Trinity College, Hartford, CT.  She was on the International Advisory Board of Advancing Women Artists, and has been a member of the British Institute of Florence.  

Comm. Emilio Bizzi, Director

Born in Rome, Italy, Emilio Bizzi received his M.D. from the University of Rome, and his Docenza from the University of Pisa.  Currently an Institute Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he also serves as an Investigator at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research and previously served as Chairman of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT and Director of Whitaker College of Health Sciences, Technology, and Management at MIT.

Professor Bizzi is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he served as President for three years.  He has been elected to the Accademia dei Lincei, Rome, and awarded a degree “honoris causa” in Biomedical Engineering, University of Genova, Italy.

He has won awards for his research and academic work including the W. Alden Spencer Award and the Hermann von Helmoltz Award for Excellence in Neuroscience, and is the recipient of the President of Italy Gold Medal for achievements in science and the Empedocles Prize.

He has authored numerous publications over the years, including text books, journal articles, reviews, and abstracts.

Anna di Robilant, Director

Anna di Robilant is a tenured Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law.  A property law scholar trained in both Europe and the United States, she writes and teaches in the areas of property law, property theory, legal history, and comparative law.  Professor di Robilant has published extensively in both peer-reviewed and student-edited journals, including the Vanderbilt Law Review, the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Boston University Law Review, the Hastings Law Journal and the McGill Law Journal.   Her book, The Making of Modern Property. Reinventing Roman Law in Bourgeois Europe and its Periphery, was published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor di Robilant is the chair of the property section of the “Common Core of European Private Law,” a project that brings together more than 200 legal scholars and practitioners to analyze and map the connections and underlying similarities in contract, property, and torts laws across Europe. She received her JD from the University of Torino, Italy, her PhD in Comparative Private Law from the University of Trento, Italy, and her LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School.

Dante Roscini, Director

Dante Roscini holds the Chair endowed by the MBA Class of 1952 at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches Business, Government, and the International Economy. He has published extensively on sovereign debt, monetary policy, central banking, and international investment. He is the Chairman of the European Economic Policy Forum at the Harvard Center for European Studies.

Professor Roscini spent twenty years in investment banking, holding senior positions at three top US bulge bracket firms in New York and London. He was Head of European Capital Markets for Goldman Sachs, Head of Global Equity Capital Markets, and Head of the European Capital Markets and Financing Group for Merrill Lynch, where he was also a member of the Capital Commitments Committee and the Managing Directors Promotions Committee. Finally, he was Country Head of Italy, Chairman of European Capital Markets for Morgan Stanley, and a board member of Morgan Stanley International Bank. Prior to his investment banking career, Prof. Roscini worked as a researcher in nuclear archaeometry at the University of Rome, as a design engineer and project manager with Westinghouse Electric Corp. in the US, and as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Paris.

He sits on the board or advisory board of several industrial and financial companies. He is a senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Association and the Atlantic Council, a member of the American Economic Association, National Association for Business Economics, and Centro Studi Confindustria.

He holds an MBA from Harvard and a summa cum laude Laurea degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Rome.

Joseph Selvaggi, Director

Joe Selvaggi is A US Navy veteran, entrepreneur, investment professional, former candidate for US Congress, and political commentator.  He is the producer and host of The HubWonk at Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research.  Previously he was a Wealth at Baystate Financial, where he assisted individuals, families and business owners in defining their financial goals and achieving financial freedom, and a Vice President and Investment Advisor at Bernstein Private Wealth Management in Boston, where he advised high-net-worth individuals and institutions regarding investment strategies, working closely with clients and their professional advisors on a wide range of matters, including tax and estate planning, concentrated stock positions and the sale of privately held businesses.  He has also advised nonprofit organizations and foundations on sustainable investing and spending strategies.  Previously he built a retail and manufacturing company and ran for U.S. Congress in 2012.

Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Master in Public Administration in Public Finance from Harvard’s Kennedy School.  Joe is an avid distance runner and cyclist and enjoys being engaged in local non-profits that make Boston such a livable city.

Elaine Call, Director

Elaine Call is Associate General Counsel, Privacy at Facebook.  Her prior roles include Senior Privacy Counsel at LinkedIn, Senior Privacy Counsel at Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Technology and Privacy Counsel at Cengage Learning

Elaine earned a LLM from Boston University School of Law with  a concentration in international business transactions and a Bachelor of Laws from Università Bocconi.

She is active with several nonprofit organizations.

Alberto Fornaro, Director

Alberto Fornaro is Chief Executive Officer at VETTii, a group operating in the US and European residential markets as provider of exclusive kitchen, vanity & other cabinetry solutions for luxury single homes and condominiums; it also operates – under the Navona brand name – in the US multifamily market offering premium kitchen and cabinetry solutions for high-end apartment buildings. Alberto’s long career in business has focused on being an operationally oriented CFO with expertise in complex public and private global businesses and markets.  He helped rapidly growing companies in building and leading all finance functions, including accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, tax, audit, compliance, and investor relations.  In his many roles he was active and influential with Boards of Directors and had a solid track record of developing and maintaining strong relationships with investors, analysts, bankers, and other key stakeholders. He implemented organic and acquisition-based business strategies that achieved unprecedented financial growth for well-known global companies, including IGT, FIAT, Bobcat, NRG Energy, Coupang and Case New Holland.

Alberto is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and was a visiting scholar at the Ph.D. Program in Economics at Columbia University.  He earned a Master in Finance and a Bachelor in Economics and Banking, magna cum laude, from the University of Siena.

 

Fiorenzo Omenetto, Director

Fiorenzo Omenetto is the Frank C. Doble Professor of Engineering at Tufts University and a Special Advisor to the Provost.  He is a Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department and also holds appointments in the Department of Physics and the Department of Electrical Engineering.  His research interests are in the convergence of technology, biologically inspired materials, and the natural sciences with an emphasis on new transformative approaches for sustainable materials for high-technology applications. He has proposed and pioneered the use of silk as a material platform for advanced technology with uses in photonics, optoelectronics, and nanotechnology applications, is co-inventor on several disclosures on the subject. He has co-founded three companies.

Professor Omenetto was formerly a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratories, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Tällberg Foundation Fellow, and is a Fellow of Optica (formerly Optical Society of America), the National Academy of Inventors, and of the American Physical Society.  His research has been featured extensively in the press with coverage in the most important media outlets worldwide.

He received a BSEE fand PhD from the University of Pavia, a Baccalaureat Europeen from Scuola Europea, Varese.