Pizza & Politics with Ed Palleschi

By Katherine King '21 | November 1, 2018

Pizza & Politics with Ed Palleschi

On the evening of Wednesday, October 24, students met with guest Ed Palleschi for a Pizza & Politics event sponsored by the Kevin B. Harrington Student Ambassador program at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. The event consisted of a pizza dinner and lots of conversation about topics ranging from what it’s like working in the Massachusetts statehouse to life at Saint Anselm College. 

Palleschi graduated from Saint Anselm College in 1988 as a history major. After graduating, he went on to begin a very successful career in politics. Palleschi served two terms as an elected member of the Swampscott School Committee from 1992 to 1998. He has also worked on numerous political campaigns including that of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, whom Palleschi now serves as Deputy Chief Secretary of Boards and Commissions. In May of 2018, he was awarded the 2018 Good Guys Award from the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. The award is a distinguished honor given to male leaders who, in both their personal and professional lives, have made strides towards achieving gender equality for women across all spectrums. 

In addition to talking about his career in politics, Palleschi talked about what it means to be a student and alumnus of Saint Anselm College. He urged that the education received at this institution is equally competitive and strong as anywhere else because of the lifelong skills, such as work ethic and drive, that it instills in students. 

Palleschi explained that “Saint A’s is a different place than you’re going to experience anywhere else” because of the “tone set at the top with the Benedictine community.” He explained that having Saint Anselm College as “a common denominator” with current and future alumni will lead to networking opportunities as well as other future connections and friendships.

Palleschi wrapped up the conversation with a few pieces of advice for the current students of Saint Anselm College. He reminded everyone that the four years spent at the school will be “the best time of your life in so many ways,” and that “time flies, so don’t waste a single minute here.” The event ended with a brief period for questions and answers followed by applause as students thanked Palleschi for coming and sharing his words of wisdom over a slice of pizza.