Name: Maria Ciarrocchi
Birthplace and/or where you grew up: Philadelphia, PA
Where do you currently call home? Alexandria, VA
Occupation: Chief Operating Officer and VP of Public Policy at the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
Favorite part about the job: So many things! I never have the same day. I get to meet lots of inspiring people who are doing a lot of amazing things.
Your first job ever: I worked in the kitchen on Bingo night at our Catholic Church.
Favorite Book/Currently Reading: That’s a hard question to answer because it depends on my mood. I love books with strong heroines.
Comfort Food: Waffles or any breakfast food.
What’s playing in your car right now? The Sirius XM Broadway Station.
Addicted to podcasts? What are the top three you listen to? I’m not really into podcasts.
Next journey? I just got back from the Royal Wedding in London so I'm not sure what's next at the moment.
Favorite Virginia destination? Williamsburg
First political memory? The 1992 Election
Best advice you ever received? Go for it!
If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why? Queen Elizabeth II. If all had gone the way it was supposed to she should never have been queen and yet here she is the longest reigning monarch in British history. And she has truly seen it all, over all those years.
One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you? I've been performing in musical theatre since I was 9. And that I'm a rabid football fan. #FlyEaglesFly
Ambition, political or otherwise? This program has made it clearer to me that one day I would like to run for some kind of public office.
Favorite part about the PLP so far? Getting to go and learn about all the different cities in the Commonwealth. It gives you incredible perspective on so many fronts.