Giovanna Melandri

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Giovanna Melandri

Giovanna Melandri (born 28 January 1962) is an Italian politician. She is President of MAXXI - National Museum of the 21st Century Arts of Rome.

Early life and education[edit]

Giovanna Melandri was born in New York City, USA. She earned a diploma "cum laude" in economics and commerce at the Sapienza University of Rome and one of her teachers was Federico Caffè.

Career[edit]

From 1983 to 1987 she was a coordinator for the work group on industrial and technological politics for Montedison.

An environmental activist since 1982, Giovanna Melandri has been in charge of international relations for Legambiente (1988 to 1994). In that capacity, she attended the Bergen Conference on Sustainable Development in 1990 and was a member of the Italian delegation to the UN Rio summit in 1992.

In 1991 she became member of the national secretariat for Democrats of the Left. She has been a deputy for the Italian Parliament since 1994. Melandri, who also holds U.S. citizenship, cast a vote for Barack Obama during the 2008 Democrats Abroad primary election.[1]

Between 1998 and 2001 she was minister of culture in the governments of Massimo D'Alema and Giuliano Amato.

On 17 May 2006 she was named minister for youth and sports in the second government of Romano Prodi.

References[edit]

Italian Chamber of Deputies
Preceded by
Unknown
Deputy for Constituency XV, College 18 – Rome
1996–2001
Unknown
Preceded by
Unknown
Deputy for Constituency XV, College 1 – Rome Center
2001–2006
College abolished
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy for Constituency XV – Lazio 1
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Deputy for Constituency X – Liguria
2008 onward
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Walter Veltroni
Italian Minister of Culture
1998–2001
Succeeded by
Giuliano Urbani
New title Italian Minister for Youth and Sports
2006–2008
Succeeded by
Giorgia Meloni
Party political offices
New title Italian Shadow Minister of Communications
2008–2009
Title abolished
New title Head of Culture Department of the Democratic Party
2009 onward
Incumbent