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(WASHINGTON, D.C.óJune 20, 2007) National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Executive Vice President Joseph V. Del Raso, Esq. has been appointed a member of the Presidentís Commission on White House Fellowships. Members of the Commission are appointed by the President of the United States.

The Commission is composed of approximately 30 citizens who represent a broad range of backgrounds, interests and professions. Each year, the Commission selects a class of White House Fellows from as many as 1,000 applicants for the 11 to 19 fellowships, which offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.

During selection weekend, the Commission interviews finalists at a location near Washington, D.C., where members interview, interact with and observe the national finalists. The Commission then recommends those individuals it finds most qualified for the fellowship to the President for appointment as White House Fellows.

Del Raso is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, Pa., and heads the firmís Investment Management Practice Group. Additionally, he is a member of Pepper Hamiltonís Executive Committee and concentrates his practice on securities law. Active in the community, Del Raso sits on the boards of publicly held and private corporations in addition to several nonprofit organizations, including the World Affairs Counsel of Philadelphia and the American University of Rome where he serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also is vice chair of the Board of Consultors of the Villanova University School of Law and chair of the Center for Marketing and Public Policy Research at the Villanova School of Business. In June 2005, he was conferred the Order of Merit, honorary knighthood, by the Republic of Italy.

The White House Fellows Program ( was founded in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Fellows participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with leaders from private and public sectors, and study trips to examine U.S. policy in action. Following the Fellowship year, the Fellows repay the privilege by contributing to the country as better national leaders and public servants.

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., and dedicated to preserving the heritage of Italian Americans. Visit

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