Bio: Pietro got his start in the Liberty Movement by joining his Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) chapter as a freshman at Vassar College in 2014. He served as chapter president during his sophomore year. During his tenure, he restored the executive board, increased membership, and executed several events, including several lectures and a documentary screening. That year’s debate against the College Democrats landed Pietro on the front cover of Vassar’s school newspaper, the Miscellany News. He served as the chapter’s treasurer, and will be serving as president again next year.
Pietro became a New York State Chair for Young Americans for Liberty in January 2016. Since joining YAL’s Leadership Team, he has started and activated several chapters across the state, and has gotten several chapters to hold events on campus. He is also working to overturn unconstitutional speech codes and is trying to get his school’s student government to pass a free speech resolution and adopt the Chicago Principles as part of YAL’s Fight for Free Speech initiative. As a State Chair, Pietro has traveled to other schools to meet with chapters or recruit students to start new ones.
Outside of YAL and SFL, Pietro is a Student Ambassador with Prager University, Co-Vice-President of Finance for Vassar Mock Trial, Treasurer for Vassar Rotaract Toastmasters Club, and Music Coordinator for the Vassar Catholic Community.
Pietro plays bass clarinet in the Vassar College Wind Ensemble and sings bass in the Vassar College Choir. He has performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and toured Cuba with the choir. He is currently preparing to give a senior recital next year, featuring Jonathan Russell’s 2014 bass clarinet concerto and Mozart’s clarinet concerto.
Pietro attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2014, after completing a project that involved renovating a dilapidated shed at the Town of Newburgh Animal Shelter.
Pietro is a rising senior studying astronomy and earth science at Vassar. He is from Newburgh, NY. In his free time, he enjoys board games, video games, reading, cycling, swimming, hiking, kayaking, camping, acting, and model railroading.
Favorite Figures in Liberty: Ron Paul, Justin Amash, Rand Paul, Ronald Reagan, and Judge Napolitano
On Students For Liberty: “I’m thrilled to be part of SFL’s Campus Coordinator Program. SFL does great work advancing liberty around the world, and the opportunity to be a part of that is incredible! I can’t wait to see how far I and my SFL groups (particularly YAL chapters that I already oversee as a State Chair) can fly.”