The Board enables the university to realize its stated mission and goals. Along with a broad variety of other duties, it appoints the President and reviews and approves changes in the University’s academic program first proposed by the Senate. The responsibilities of the Board of Trustees are outlined in By-Laws of The American University of Rome.



Gabriel A. Battista, Chair
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Talk America Corporation
Reston, VA - USA

Andrew F. Palmieri, Deputy Chair
Co-Managing Partner at Saul Ewing LLP
Washington, D.C. - USA

Gregory Varallo, Secretary
Attorney, Director and Executive President, Richards, Layton & Finger PA
Wilmington, Delaware - USA


Esther Barazzone
President Emerita, Chatham University
Pittsburgh, PA - USA

Stephen A. Briganti
President and Chief Executive Officer, The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Foundation
New York, NY, USA

Faith ‘Carrie’ Coolidge
Journalist/Contributing Writer, Barron’s Magazine
New York, NY, USA

Mark Damato
Corporate Real Estate - VP/Global Commercial Real Estate Operations
Arlington, VA - USA

Elizabeth Dibble
Chief Operating Officer, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Washington, D.C. - USA

Thomas Duesterberg
Executive Director, Program on Manufacturing & Society in the 21st Century, The Aspen Institute
Washington, D.C. - USA

Antonio Giordano
Director, Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine and  Center of Biotechnology College of Science and Technology Temple University BioLife Science 

Martha Lynn Girard  
Director of the Federal Register,  retired
McLean, VA - USA

Joseph Gulino
Attorney (Director and Assistant Managing Partner), DRRT
Miami, USA

Patricia de Stacy Harrison
President and CEO Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
Washington, D.C. - USA

Linda Kelley Kurfess
Former US Govt and Bond Trader
New York, NY – USA

Steven Lavine
President of the California Institute of the Arts
Los Angeles, C.A. - USA

Gianni Linari
Business Leader and Entrepreneur
Rome, Italy

Joe Lonardo
Attorney, Saul Ewing LLP,
Washington, D.C. - USA

Anthony J. Manganiello
CAO Virtu Financial LLC
New York, NY - USA

Alfredo Molina
President and CEO Black Starr and Frost Jewelers
Phoenix, AZ - USA

Frank Placenti
Lawyer, Founding President and Trustee of the American College of Governance Counsel and Vice Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee of the American Bar Association
Phoenix, AZ - USA

Beth Pfannl
Vice President, Administrative Searches & Governance Services, International Schools Services
Princeton - USA

Jonathan Pollack
Attorney, Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner and Gellman
New York, NY -USA

Ed Schwarz
Owner, Montrose Realty Property Management
South Orange - USA

Larry Sonsini
Chairman, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto - CA

Neil Tanner, Esq.
Chief Counsel for CIGNA Global Health, Benefits and Deputy Chief Counsel for CIGNA International
Philadelphia, PA - USA

Mary Boyden Teargarden
Professor of Global Strategy, Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management
Glendale, AZ - USA

Debra Tornaben
Vice President of Development South Florida PBS -WXEL

Trustees Emeriti

Dominic Massaro, J.D., LL.D.
Judge, Supreme Court Chambers
New York, NY - USA

Suzanne F. Nicholson
McLean, VA - USA

Leila Gonzalez-Sullivan, Ed. D.
Visiting Professor, Community College Education, North Carolina State University
Cary, NC – USA