Monday, July 8, 2013 11:29 am
Victoria Lynne Napolitano
Q. What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?
A. I attended Drexel University. I completed the School of Education’s five year BS/MS program in just over four years, attaining a bachelors’ in education and minor in English, and a masters’ in teaching, learning, and curriculum.
Q. What is your ultimate goal in life?
A. I really want to do something that leaves a lasting impact on the world. I don’t know right now if that will mean something in politics, writing a book, or something else, but I would like to say that I contributed to the conversation of my generation.
Q. What inspires you to do what you do?
A. Right now my focus is on being a positive influence. I am lucky to have the opportunity to make a difference in my community, and this is a responsibility I take very seriously. I hope in the process that this will make me a role model for other young women.
Q. What is your most fulfilling experience to date?
A. Being the top vote getter in my election was incredibly fulfilling. At the outset of the campaign, many thought I was too young to be taken seriously as a candidate. It felt good to disprove that notion, but more importantly, it is a great honor to be entrusted with the stewardship of our wonderful community.
Q. What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?
A. Ayn Rand. I am fascinated by the way she viewed the world.
Q. Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
A. I’m kind of a Star Wars nerd.
Q. What in your life helps you get through your day?
A. Coming home at the end of the day to my high school sweetheart and our dog.
Q. What is or was #1 on your “Bucket List”?
A. I love to write, and at some point I would love to publish a book. At this point I don’t know if that will be a novel or nonfiction, but we’ll see what the future brings.
Q. Beach or shore?
A. The sandy place next to the water is a beach, but you go “down the shore” to get there!
Q. If there was a biography written about you, what would the title be?
Q. Advice for your fellow young up and comers?
A. Don’t feel limited by what you are “supposed” to be qualified for at your age. Only you truly know what you are capable of accomplishing.
Vinny Napolitano, Director of Constituencies, Gov. Chris Christie office
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What high school/college did you attend, and what did you study?
I attended Union Catholic Regional High School and went to Syracuse University where I triple majored in political science, American history, and political philosophy
What community organizations to you spend time on/with?
Parliamentarian of the Moorestown Republican Municipal Committee; executive board of the Moorestown Republican Club; member of the Moorestown Historical Society; parishioner at Our Lady of Good Counsel
What single characteristic do you feel every leader should possess?
Compassion. No person can truly be a leader without a sensitivity to those around them and a desire to help whoever they can whenever they are able.
What is your most fulfilling professional experience or accomplishment?
It's hard to pick just one. Over the last four-plus years working in the Governor's Office, I've had the chance to do so much — from working with the Special Olympics, to serving as my department's liaison to FEMA in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy; from meeting American heroes who served our nation, to staffing the Governor and Lt. Governor at various events throughout the State. At 27, I've had opportunities and experiences that most people can only dream of, and I am grateful every single day for that!
What one person, living or dead, would you want to spend a day with and why?
President Abraham Lincoln. I've always found him to be an inspiring and incredible figure in American history and someone who espouses the type of leadership that is too often lacking in our world.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
Few would be able to tell based on my outgoing personality now, but I was bullied much of my childhood before high school. I think there is a part of me that always remembers those days, which is why I always try to help the underdog and be a voice to those who can't fight for themselves.
Advice for future your future community leaders?
"Doesn't matter what the press says. Doesn't matter what the politicians or the mobs say. Doesn't matter if the whole country decides that something wrong is something right. This nation was founded on one principle above all else: the requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences. When the mob and the press and the whole world tell you to move, your job is to plant yourself like a tree beside the river of truth, and tell the whole world — 'No, you move.'" - Captain America
Tell us your own personal mission statement.
Since High School, my personal mission statement has been "Change the world one person at a time." Any day that I'm able to put my head on the pillow at night knowing I did something helpful or kind for another person is a day that was well worth it.
Fiction or non-fiction? Why?
Both, but I normally find myself reading non-fiction as a political and history geek!
If there was a movie being produced about you, what would the title be?
"Driven to Succeed"
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?