The JLLV’s First African American President, Laureen Pellegrino

With years of serving her community, Laureen Pellegrino starts her eighth year in the Junior League as the first African American president of the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley.

BETHLEHEM, PA September 30, 2019 – The Junior League of the Lehigh Valley is proud to announce a historic moment in our league’s history.  The league voted in the first African American president, Laureen Pellegrino, for the 2019-2020 league year. Ms. Pellegrino will lead the Junior League in reducing educational disparity and food insecurity among children in the Lehigh Valley.  The Junior League kicked off its year on Wednesday, September 18.

“Fifty years ago, I was proud to be welcomed into the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley as the very first African American member,” says Bobbi Pickney.  “I am so happy to see the League taking another step forward in inclusive diversity with their first African American president. Laureen is such a strong and caring force that she will do great things.”

Ms. Pellegrino has a long history of dedicating her time to community service.  From empowering women in the Junior League, serving the Girl Scouts as a Girl Scout Leader and lifetime member, past Board Member and a lifetime member of the Society of Women Engineers, Ms. Pellegrino is a shining example of a servant leader.  She deeply cares about the community she lives in by serving as a board member on Nazareth Center for the Arts and Nazareth Borough Planning Board Commissions.

President Laureen Pellegrino with Sustaining Member Bobbi Pickney

“My platform for the upcoming year is retention, engaging members past and present and providing training and leadership opportunities for our members, says Ms. Pellegrino.  “I am so honored and excited to serve as the first African American president for the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley”.

Ms. Pellegrino has an undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA from Dowling College and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and  Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She works as a Process Engineering Manager and Continuous Improvement Lead at Harsco Industrial Patterson-Kelley in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.