Anastasia Dellaccio Proves That Women Can Have It All

By Virginia Coyne | April 13, 2015 | Home Page

Anastasia Dellaccio seamlessly juggles an advocacy career, motherhood, and the family gelato business, Dolci Gelati.

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From her vantage at the UN Foundation, Anastasia Dellaccio lends her voice to those who need to be heard around the world.

“If it’s not on my calendar, it doesn’t exist.”

That’s Anastasia Dellaccio’s secret to juggling it all. Her life is “all go, all the time,” she says, and organization is key. The petite, raven-haired, Philadelphia-born mother of two wouldn’t have it any other way. She doesn’t like to sit still.

Dellaccio, 33, manages communications and outreach for special initiatives at the United Nations Foundation. She’s also a colorful fixture on the DC social circuit and co-owner, with her Italian husband, Gianluigi Dellaccio, of Dolci Gelati.

After working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under then-chairman Joe Biden, earning a master’s degree in international policy and economics from University College London, and helping to launch the Peroni brand for Miller in the US, Dellaccio spent three years building Dolci Gelati with her husband, a former pastry chef.

“We literally started the business on the back of a Vespa,” says Dellaccio of their days delivering gelato in Dixie cups to restaurants around the DC region. Now their creamy concoctions are sold at Whole Foods, and the couple operates two retail locations: one in Takoma Park, MD, and another that opened at City Market at O in the Shaw neighborhood in December.

Although Dellaccio and her husband still talk business every night, her priority remains her work at the UN Foundation, a role she describes as “chief net-weaver,” bringing global nonprofit organizations, grassroots movements, and the diplomatic community together behind specific issues. For International Women’s Day last month, for example, Dellaccio built digital campaigns for the initiative, engaged women’s rights champions, and worked with the press to ensure those voices were heard.

“My passion is really working to make the world a better place,” she explains. “As much as I love being in the gelato business, that was still my husband’s dream, and I have dreams of my own that I want to pursue.”

Although her role at the foundation includes a busy evening networking schedule, Dellaccio makes sure she’s home to tuck daughter Valentina, 7, and son Gianluca, 5, into bed at least three nights a week. The five-foot-one-inch powerhouse does it all wearing sky-high heels and colorful Ted Baker dresses. Even when Dellaccio is tired on the inside, she remains “glam on the outside,” she says. “[There’s] nothing stilettos and red lipstick can’t fix.”

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