Manuela Dimuccio Gonzalez, she defines herself “valdostana, marchigiana and pugliese.” After high school, she spent most of her life abroad studying and working. She moved to Washington, D.C. in 2015 along with her husband.
A culture-lover, Manuela co-initiated ACT1 (Art Creative Theater), the Theater Lab of Italians in DC. The idea is to promote the Italian culture and the beauty of its language through art. She started teaching at the age of 20 with French middle-school students; she now teaches Italian to foreigners on a part-time basis. She states: “Teaching Italian is not just a typical lesson, it is a full immersion in the culture and habits of our rich cultural heritage. For me sharing my language and culture with my students represents the worship of beauty, il culto del bello.”
She received a Master of Science in International Management from the University of Bologna in partnership with the ICN Business School in France. Before moving to Washington, D.C., she worked for major international organizations such as the United Nations. She currently works at the World Bank Group, where she is a Learning Program Analyst and co-chair of the Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) Steering Committee, working on a broad range of issues and initiatives while engaging and inspiring youth around the globe.
Manuela adores languages and exposing herself to new cultures. Aside from her native Italian, she speaks fluent English, French and Spanish. She is currently learning Portuguese as her fifth language challenge. Her motto: live, learn and never give up!
Manuela joined the Italian Cultural Society as an Event Coordinator and Marketing Specialist. She helped in the organization of the Gala 2016 hosted at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C.