About the Author
James Martino was born in Rochester, NY in 1955, the grandson of Southern Italian immigrants. He attended the State University of New York (BS 1976,MPA 1979)and the National Defense University (1983). James entered government service in 1979 as a National Presidential Management Intern. Over the past 20 years he has worked in the international affairs arena as an evaluator for a congresional watchdog agency and currently as an audit manager and inspector for the US State Department, in Washington, DC. In these official capacities he has visited about 60 countries, but it wasn't until 1996 that he took time off between official assignments and visited his grandparents' native Italy. He and his wife Diane have since visited Italy several times. They reside in Oakton, Virginia.