Arrigo Mongini is the current vice-president of the Italian Cultural Society. Born in Boston, he graduated from Boston Latin School and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering, with a minor in economics, from MIT. He spoke Italian as a child, forgot most of it, but picked it up again later in life. His career includes an urban transportation planning consultant in Toronto, Montreal, New York, and Rome. Arrigo came to Washington in 1966 and became an analyst for the US Department of Transportation at its inception in 1967. He has been the director of Boston’s Central Transportation Planning Staff and capital budget director for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He retired in 2002 as deputy associate administrator for railroad development. As an active member of the Italian Cultural Society since 2006, he has helped to put together Washington’s Festa Italiana from 2006 through 2011. He was the editor of Poche Parole from September 2007 through May of 2013. Arrigo lives in Bethesda with his wife Ingrid, who teaches piano. His two daughters, their spouses, and four grandchildren also live in the Washington area. He enjoys cycling, foreign languages, and etymology.