When it comes time for high school seniors to start thinking about college, most kids agonize over a ranked list of schools to apply to that includes a dream school, a target school, and a safety school. For Angela DelGrosso ’14, who grew up in Bethlehem and always loved the beauty of the Moravian campus, it wasn’t really a decision at all. “Moravian was my number one, and I applied early-decision,” DelGrosso says. “Their liberal arts degree is just the best for making you well rounded and making sure you have all the tools you need to succeed in any career that you pick.”
For DelGrosso, that career was a career in government, which began when she was a junior at Moravian with an internship at the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and ended with her spending eight more years there. Today, she is the director of mayor’s initiatives for Bethlehem mayor and fellow Moravian alum Willie Reynolds ’03. “I’ve always been interested in politics,” DelGrosso says, “and I’ve always been committed to my community, so I knew I wanted to stay in that realm of work. This just seems like the next natural step from my work at the chamber.”
Reynolds and DelGrosso became friends when they worked closely together on the Moravian University Alumni Association: DelGrosso, who is now the president-elect, became treasurer when Reynolds was president. “My new position with the mayor’s office is going to be a leadership position in the community where I can help take things off of Mayor Reynolds’s plate and help drive forward the things he’s placing at the top of his list,” DelGrosso says.
As a Bethlehem native, DelGrosso has witnessed the city’s economic and cultural renaissance, and she is excited to be part of its continued progress through her new role in the mayor’s office. “In my position, I can be a strategic relationship builder, making sure that development initiatives are being driven forward thoughtfully,” DelGrosso adds, “and that the business community continues to grow and be supported.”