Congratulations to our new Executive Committee: President Michael Pardo, Vice President Peter Giunta, Treasurer Matthew Keegan, Secretary Christopher D'Anna.
Michael is a native Staten Islander and resides in Westerleigh. He attended P.S. 30, I.S. 51, and Monsignor Farrell High School. Michael graduated Cum Laude from Wagner College with a B.A. in Government and Politics, and a Minor in History. In March of 2017, Michael's paper "Politics in the Global Era" was published in the Wagner College Forum for Undergraduate Research. In April of 2018, Michael's senior thesis "The Future of Populism in the Two-Party System" was presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the New York State Political Science Association. Currently, he is attending St. John's University to pursue a Master's in International Relations and will graduate in the Spring of 2020.
Michael served as the Communications Chair for the Young Republicans from April of 2017 to January of 2019. He received the Richmond County Young Republican of the Year Award for 2018. Previously, Michael served as the Treasurer of the Wagner College Republicans (WCR) during the Spring of 2016, and as WCR Vice President and Communications Director from the Fall of 2016 to the Spring of 2018.
Michael interned for Rep. Donovan for over two years and was involved in Rep. Donovan's 2016 and 2018 campaigns. He currently works for Assemblyman Mike Reilly. Also, Michael is a member of The Richmond County Republican Committee.
Peter Giunta is a native Staten Islander who was raised and still resides in Great Kills. He currently serves as Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Mike Reilly. He has previously served as a Deputy Campaign Manager on the Gubernatorial campaign of Marcus Molinaro and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Budget Director to South Shore Council Member Joe Borelli.
Peter attended P.S. 32, I.S. 75, and Susan Wagner High School, where he was a graduate of the school’s Institute for Law and Politics. He is also a graduate of the State University of New York: Empire State College, with a B.S. in Public Administration.
Peter has been involved in local government since 2011, when he began as an intern for then-Council Member Vincent Ignizio. He then went on to serve as a Constituent Aide for State Senator Andrew Lanza, and eventually served in the same role for then-Assembly Member Joe Borelli, in 2013. In 2015, he was promoted to serve as the then-Assembly Member’s Deputy Chief of Staff, a role which he continued to serve in for Council Member Borelli. In 2017, he also took on budget responsibilities for the Council Member.
Peter is an active member of the Staten Island Republican Party, where he serves as a member of the Executive Committee, and also the Staten Island Young Republicans. He can be found frequently organizing and participating in neighborhood cleanups, graffiti removals, health screenings, and other community events.
Peter is motivated by the idea that government can and should work for the people. He believes that resolving even the smallest of issues can have the greatest impact, and he has proven himself to be a dedicated public servant who works tirelessly to improve his community and help the people of Staten Island in any way that he’s able.
A lifelong Staten Islander, Matthew is a Port Richmond native and graduate of P.S. 30, I.S.51, and Port Richmond High School. Choosing to stay local for his education, he attended the College of Staten Island, receiving a B.S. in economics with minors in finance, management, and history. During this time, Matthew was a member of the Verrazano Honors School and was accepted to the honor societies of Sigma Beta Delta and Omicron Delta Epsilon. While completing his undergraduate thesis, Matthew conducted extensive research on the economic history of East Asian wealth divergences. He also worked for the Office of Children and Family Services by assisting students with disabilities on campus. Currently, Matthew is pursuing his MPA at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. His focus remains on economic development and public finance. Matthew has been a member of the Staten Island Young Republicans since 2016 and is an active volunteer on many local campaigns and events for the Staten Island Republican Party.
Chris is a native Staten Islander, currently residing in Eltingville. A product of P.S. 8, I.S. 24 and Xavier High School, Chris sought higher education at Marquette University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs, with a concentration in Political-Economic Relations, in 2017.
Beginning his career in politics with the Office of State Senator Andrew J. Lanza, and later on his State Senate re-election campaign, Chris has become a veteran of the Staten Island campaign circuit. Most recently, Chris worked for the New York State GOP as the Richmond County Director of Field Operations for both the Donovan for Congress and Molinaro for Governor campaigns.
Chris is committed to advancing republican ideals and values throughout Staten Island, and New York State.