Alumni and Friends

Meet Our Alumni Ambassadors

Regional Alumni Ambassadors offer information and guidance to prospective and current JCU students and support the growth of alumni activity by organizing various types of alumni events in their region. The Regional Alumni Ambassador maintains regular contact with the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs in order to make sure the University possesses the most up to date contact information for alumni worldwide. Please see the Regional Alumni Ambassadors role description.

Here is a list of current Alumni Ambassadors in alphabetical order by region. Contact them via LinkedIn (clicking on their name), or write to [email protected]

United States

Laila Petrone

Los Angeles, CA, USA - Laila Petrone
Laila Petrone is an Italian/Dominican filmmaker. Raised between Italy and the United States, Laila received a B.A. in International Affairs from JCU and a Master in Communication& Media (University of Florence). Laila’s work ranges in genre but always with a common desire to explore multiculturalism, diversity and inclusion. 

Gianluca Pesce

Chicago, IL, USA - Gianluca Pesce
Gianluca Pesce transferred to JCU in 2007 and graduated in 2009 with a BA in International Affairs. He has been living in Chicago for just over 5 years and works as Business Development Manager for Yolk Restaurants USA. Gianluca speaks English and Italian and in his free time enjoys rock climbing, biking, cooking, and traveling the world!

Ludovica Pizzichelli

Dallas, TX, USA - Ludovica Pizzichelli
Ludovica Pizzichelli graduated from John Cabot University in May 2016, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Psychology. Currently, she is a second-year law student at Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law, in Dallas, Texas. She has experience interning with nonprofits both in Italy and in the United States and hopes to become a public interest attorney upon graduating with her Juris Doctor (JD) degree. 

Valentina De Santis

New York, USA - Valentina De Santis
Valentina De Santis is a 2016 graduate from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. She double majored in Communication Studies and Media Arts and minored in Fashion Marketing. Valentina studied abroad at John Cabot University from August 2014 to May 2015. Now, she is working full-time in New York City and is proud to be a JCU Alumni Ambassador.

Omar Azabi

San Francisco, CA, USA - Omar Azabi
Omar Azabi  graduated from John Cabot University in December 2017, majoring in International Affairs with a double minor in History and Communications. After graduating he worked as a paralegal focusing on NPL transactions and bankruptcy proceedings. Currently, he is a law student at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

Pedro Vazquez

Thousand Oaks, CA, USA - Pedro Vazquez
Pedro Vazquez studied abroad at John Cabot University in the summer of 2003 majoring in International Business. He is a Real Estate Executive and has been actively involved in commercial real estate for ten years. Pedro currently works for Guitar Center Inc. as a Senior Real Estate Manager and assists in the acquisitions of new store locations, relocations, and lease renewals.

Alexandria Maloney

Washington D.C., USA - Alexandria Maloney
As a member of the John Cabot Class of 2015 who studied International Affairs, Alexandria Maloney is thrilled to represent the university abroad. Alexandria, who hails from Washington D.C, founded the Women's Leadership Initiative at JCU in order to help female students emerge as leaders both on and off campus. Contact Alexandria via D.C. Alumni Facebook Group


Anastasiia Shmatina

Rome, Italy - Anastasiia Shmatina
Anastasiia Shmatina is from Kiev, Ukraine. She came to JCU when she was 17 to study Business Administration, and Marketing as her minor. She got an internship as a Business Developer for an IT security company Messagenius that she met at the JCU Career Fair. After the first two months, she was promoted to a full-time position as a Marketing Manager.

Marialaura Grandolfo

St. Andrews, UK - Marialaura Grandolfo
Marialaura Grandolfo is from Bari, Italy. She received a B.A. in English Literature from JCU and an interdisciplinary MLitt in Contemporary Studies from the University of St Andrews. She is currently working on her PhD in Comparative Literature at St Andrews. Her project looks at fan-made content, particularly fanfiction, as a modern form of myth-making. 

Inès Kuliovska

Paris, France - Inès Kuliovska
Inès Kuliovska was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She went to high school in Paris and moved to Rome in 2010. She graduated from JCU with a BA in International Affairs and Communications in May, 2014. Inès is now back in Paris where she is doing an MBA.