Member Spotlight – August 2020

Full Name: Marina Pellegrini
Current Placement(s) in the JLLB?
Grants Committee Chair
What year did you join the JLLB? How many years is that?
Fall 2019. 1 year!
Where did you go to school and what degrees do you hold? University of Notre Dame, BBA Management Consulting
What do you do outside the League as a job? Tell us all your jobs both professional and other places you volunteer.
Account Manager, Voluntary Benefits and Enrollment Solutions at Aon. I project manage annual benefits open enrollment events for clients which means I am crazy busy in the fall 🙂
What city did you grow up and how’d you end up in Long Beach?
Irvine, moved here in 2018 as it is the halfway point between my husband and my job (LA and OC).
Why did you join the JLLB?
Being new to Long Beach, I was looking to feel connected to the community, make friends and grow my leadership skills. 
What keeps you staying in the JLLB?
What I like to call #WhyiJLLB #ThisIsWhyIJuniorLeague JLLB is a supportive, encouraging environment filled with inspiring women who make a difference in Long Beach. In just one year, I’ve made lasting relationships and have grown personally and professionally.
What are your hobbies / what do you like to do for fun?
Running (ran my first marathon this year), swimming in Alamitos Bay, watching Notre Dame football and road trips!
Unique fun fact about you?
I love road tripping around the U.S. I’ve visited 40/50 states and 14 national parks.
Who do you consider your hero and why?
Jane Addams. As the founder of Hull House in Chicago, she established a groundbreaking framework for social and educational opportunities for working class people in the 1890s that was replicated nationwide. Her radical approach to philanthropy inspires me.