Sandy Pianalto, former President & CEO of the U.S. Federal Reserve System's Fourth District

Nov 08, 2018 57

BY: Joe Marinucci

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Sandy Pianalto, former President & CEO of the U.S. Federal Reserve System's Fourth District, headquartered here in Cleveland. Sandy was born in Valli Del Pasubio, a small town in the Veneto Province in northern Italy. Her family immigrated to Akron in 1960, where her uncles had previously settled. Her father arrived first, to find work in construction like his brothers and her mom, Sandy and her sisters followed a year later.

Sandy explained that her family came to the U.S. for the opportunities this country had to offer her and her siblings. “My parents had nothing more than what was a fifth-grade education. They realized moving here [the United States] would give us a better education and more opportunities.” When I asked her to describe some of the challenges she experienced, she said she learned to speak English at an early age, but her parents struggled to learn their newly adapted language. As in many immigrant homes, Sandy was the one who helped her parents learn English and study for their citizenship test.

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SOURCE: https://www.lagazzettaitaliana.com

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