Fred Rotondaro is a senior fellow at American Progress. He serves as a senior adviser to the Religion Project and works on a variety of domestic policy issues involving civil rights and racial-ethic relations. Fred joined the Center from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), where he was the executive director. During his 22-year tenure at the NIAF, Fred worked to develop cultural and educational programs and became a liaison with political, media, corporate and labor leadership. Fred increased the staff size and budget of the NIAF, helping to establish it as a well known and respected international foundation.
Fred was a teacher of American Studies at the University of Scranton from 1961 to 1969, leaving that post to work in anti-poverty programs in Wilkes-Barre and York, Pennsylvania. Rotondaro was executive director of the York County Community Progress Council from 1971 to 1974 and also served as president of the Pennsylvania State Association of Community Action Agency Directors during that time. He worked in journalism in Scranton and Washington, D.C., and as the public relations director and acting president of the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs before joining NAIF. Fred also worked as a public policy and media consultant. His clients included the National Endowment for the Humanities, Progressive Magazine, Boston Globe and others.