An Immigrant Alumna Gives Back

DiGiorgio CCAS’02, RLAW’05By Shelby Vittek GSC’16

When she was 5 years old, Carolina Cabrera DiGiorgio moved from Honduras to New Jersey with her parents and siblings. Today, 33 years later, DiGiorgio CCAS’02, RLAW’05 is the president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, one of the largest Latino social service agencies in Philadelphia.

The daughter of an engineer and an attorney, DiGiorgio grew up in Gloucester County, where she attended Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill. “Our family was very academic and focused on education,” she said. Her sister pursued medicine, her brother pursued engineering, and she pursued law.

DiGiorgio credits Rutgers University–Camden for helping to pave the way to her success. As an honors student who majored in political science with minors in psychology and Spanish, she was encouraged to embrace a more holistic approach to issues in politics. “Not only was I learning about government and the role it plays in helping the community,” she said, “but I was learning how to understand people and the decisions that they make, and why they make them.” DiGiorgio stayed at Rutgers–Camden for law school, a decision of which she said she’s proud.

After finishing her law degree, DiGiorgio joined Stradley Ronon, a law firm in Philadelphia, where she practiced corporate law for 10 years. In early 2017, she was named president and CEO of Congreso de Latinos Unidos, where she works to build relationships with outside funders and ensures the nonprofit organization continues to deliver essential services to clients. She has guided Congreso into new projects, and in February, the organization shifted its mission in an effort to target a younger population, from birth to age 30. She said she looks forward to working with Congreso staff and the community to achieve the initiative, including building new programs in youth development and parenting.

DiGiorgio and her husband, Valentino F. DiGiorgio III, an attorney at Stradley Ronon who chairs the Pennsylvania Republican Party, live in Chester County, Pennsylvania, with their children. “I’m thankful to be living in a country where I’ve had so many opportunities to excel,” DiGiorgio said. “To give back to a community that needs those opportunities, especially as an immigrant, is really fulfilling.”

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