Benvenuti! The Italian Cultural Center - Il Punto! promotes Italian culture and language in the Seattle area. We organize events and offer Italian language instruction in a friendly, fun environment that builds on strong bonds between Italian expatriates, the Italian-American community and all enthusiasts of Italy in the Seattle area.
Il Punto is a volunteer-run 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our programs are open to everyone, but members receive discounts. Please consider becoming a member, volunteering, and donating to support our programs. Contact us for more information. Ci vediamo presto!
The Italian Cultural Center - Il Punto is operated and managed under the direction of its Board of Directors, comprised of 7 to 13 members elected at the annual business meeting in October each year and supplemented by Board election throughout the year.
President: Sara Cammeresi
Sara's roots stem from Calabria, Italy. Her husband’s family has its origins in Norcia, Abruzzo, and Molise. Sara spent 18 months living in Rome and maintains dual citizenship with Italy and the USA. She has been a Seattle resident since 1994. She is a parent of two and very active in the homeschooling community in addition to being a Master Gardener. Sara holds a BA in Philosophy, History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Washington, and MA in History of Science from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Sara has been an active volunteer with Il Punto since 1994 and has participated extensively in the Noi Bimbi program. Sara is serving her second term as a board member with Il Punto.
Vice President: Emanuele Valeriano
Emanuele is a native of Italy born in Bari. He maintains dual citizenship with Italy and the USA and has lived in the Seattle area since 2018. He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and works as a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft. Emanuele joined Il Punto in order to expand his connections in the Italian community. He served as Treasurer last year on the Il Punto board and is serving his second term as Vice President.
Treasurer: Margherita Conti
Margherita is the granddaughter of Italian, Czech, and Irish immigrants. Her Sicilian grandfather, after attaining his medical degree from the University of Naples, immigrated to the USA and settled in Pittsburgh, PA where he practiced medicine and raised a family with his Irish spouse. Margherita is a small business owner and professional musician. Since settling in Seattle in 1994, she has worked extensively with non-profits as both a staff member and volunteer. Margherita holds a BA in Music, and MA in Music Education from Boston University. She joined BIS in 2014 and has been a volunteer for Il Punto in various capacities since that time. Margherita enjoys working with Il Punto to gain a deeper understanding of the Italian language and culture. She is serving her second term as a board member with Il Punto.
Secretary: Jeffrey Izzo
Jeffrey is a first generation Italian-American and maintains dual citizenship with Italy. His father was born in Campania, Italy. He grew up surrounded by his large extended Italian family in an area of New Jersey near New York, notable for its large population of Italians. He has lived in Seattle for over 20 years, and for many years, was an active member in the Italian-American Club of Seattle. Jeffrey holds a BA and MA in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music and University of Edinburgh, respectively. He also earned a JD from Seattle University School of Law and has worked extensively with non-profits for the past 25 years as both a board member and legal adviser. For the past 9 years he has been a full-time college professor and is currently Assistant Professor and Head of Music Industry Studies at California State University, Northridge working remotely in Seattle. Jeffrey is a relatively new member of Il Punto and aspires to expand his involvement with Seattle’s Italian-American community. Jeffrey is serving his first term as a board member with Il Punto.
Giulia Tedeschi - Giulia is a native of Italy from the Emilia-Romagna region and holds a Master's degree in International Relations and Affairs from the Universita` di Bologna. Giulia has experience as a tutor of children of all abilities, including special needs, and as a teacher in a classroom setting, as well as managing course enrollments, payments, and finances for local Italian language instruction outfits. Giulia is Il Punto's director of NOI, the children's language program. She has worked hard to develop a high-quality, fun curriculum for children of different ages and Italian language abilities, as well as directly teach the classes. Thanks to her hard work and dedication, the NOI program has weathered the Covid-19 storm and has adapted to the new reality of virtual education. Giulia is serving her first term as a board member with Il Punto.
Serena Capozi - Serena grew up in a town close to Rome surrounded by gentle mountains and beautiful medieval villages. She holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an MBA from the University of Montpellier, France, where she lived for 5 years. She left Italy in 2012 and moved to Seattle. She works remotely as a business development manager for an Italian company. Serena has been leading Il Punto's conversation groups for the past few years. She likes to share ‘niche’ information about Italian culture and hopes in this way to encourage the participants to dive into the Italian heritage and to go beyond the cultural stereotypes and misrepresentation still present in the US. When she is not working, she practices capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines movements and traditional music. She also loves going on hiking adventures and is grateful to be surrounded by such gorgeous mountains! Serena is serving her first terms as a board member with Il Punto!
Bo Salvadalena - Bo’s trisnonno, Gustavo Giovanni Battista Salvadalena, emigrated to the United States with his wife Emma Anna Balabbio in 1909. Since then, Bo’s family has resided in the Snohomish Valley and has always held on to their Italian heritage. Bo is a senior at the University of Washington Bothell, studying mathematics, and is also a math tutor. During 2020 he was a Society of Mathematics Officer at the University of Washington Bothell, a leadership position in which he managed running the Society of Mathematics with four other fellow Officers. In his free time, Bo likes to study the Italian language, exercise, and spend time with family and friends. He joined Il Punto to involve himself in the local Italian community and to reconnect with his roots. In addition to being an outstanding volunteer with Il Punto’s Biblioteca Italiana, Bo has also been a volunteer with the Everett Firefighters Association and Windermere Serves. He enjoys utilizing his technical proficiencies with computers, B2 knowledge of the Italian language, and experience with event planning to give back to the Italian community and kindle the tradition of volunteerism. Bo is serving his first term as a board member with Il Punto.
Chair: Margherita Conti
Members: Emanuele Valeriano
2) Membership Services
TBD (Luca Cazzanti helping in the meantime)
3) Italian Library (Biblioteca Italiana Seattle or BIS)
Chair: Bo Salvadalena
Members: Franco Tesorieri
4) Italian Language
Chair: Serena Capozi
Members: Giovanni LaManna
5) NOI – Not an Ordinary Italian School
Chair: Giulia Tedeschi
Chair: Sara Cammeresi
Members: Emanuele Valeriano, Margherita Conti, Jeffrey Izzo