Lucia is a versatile and effective leader with more than 10 years of experience who worked for the first 7 years of her career in the innovative San Francisco / Silicon Valley region of California. She learned her skillset by managing projects and teams of engineers in the Design and Technology sectors. As an IT Project Manager for UBM Tech, she built a proven track record of launching consumer-facing online/mobile products/services from start to finish, with a focus on web applications, enterprise software development and business technology initiatives (Techonline.com, EETimes.com, EDN.com GDC.com). She is experienced in managing the software development life cycle, drawing on agile methodology, cross-functional teamwork, collaboration and team leadership. She enjoys serving as a liaison between business stakeholders and a technical team as she has the proven ability to translate high-level business requirements into technical specifications to deliver products that her customers love. She moved to Italy in 2014 and has since been focused on business development for innovative technology startups in the Rome area through partnerships, public and private funding opportunities such as Horizon 2020. She has already managed various international consortiums and achieved several Seals of Excellence on proposals submitted for SMEs. She graduated with honours from Long Island University’s Global Studies program in 2006 with a degree in Interdisciplinary International Studies.