A native of the Washington, DC area, Jonathan’s maternal grandparents are from the small town of San Pio delle Camere in the comune of L’Aquila in Abruzzo. An interest in his Italian roots inspired him to study Italian as a student at the University of Richmond, which led him to study abroad in Perugia and Ferrara. After graduating, he returned to Washington and worked as an ophthalmic technician for six years in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
His passion for Italian culture led him to complete a Master’s degree in Italian Studies at Georgetown University. Currently, Jon works as the Italy Programs Manager for CET Academic Programs, a provider of study abroad programs for college students.