The Delaware State Chamber is excited to welcome our newest team member, Regina Donato who will serve as the program and communications manager. In this role, Regina's talent and energy will assist in the execution of events and communications strategies.
GET TO KNOW REGINA:
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in North Wilmington, Delaware. I graduated from Concord High School in 2017. Raiders together, raiders forever!
You’re graduating from the University of Delaware this weekend. Congratulations! What did you study?
During my time at the University of Delaware, I majored in Media Communication and minored in Advertising and Sport Management. I graduated a semester early, so I finally get to walk (in person!) this weekend!
What most excites you about this position and working at the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce?
I’ve lived in Delaware for the majority of my life, so having the ability to give back to my community in some way is such an honor. I didn’t previously know much about what chambers of commerce do previous to starting my position here, but my first week already has me incredibly excited to get to know State Chamber members and the community. This is my first job out of college, so I’m looking forward to asserting myself professionally and gaining experience in the communications field.
You’ve had several internships before joining the State Chamber. Which was your favorite internship and why?
During my last full semester at University of Delaware, I had a marketing internship with the Delaware SPCA. Not only did I receive a crash course on the inner workings of a nonprofit for the first time but I also got to play with dogs and cats as a part of my job! I really enjoyed finding new ways to creatively market animals available for adoption, especially the long-term residents. As an animal lover, nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of your favorite dogs find their forever home!
I also hold a game day staff position with the Philadelphia Eagles, which has taught me so much about customer service! They’re my favorite sports team, so working with them has been such a pleasure.
Do you have a favorite quote?
A favorite quote of mine is actually one from a lesser-known Beatles song, I’ll Follow the Sun. The lyric, “But tomorrow may rain so I’ll follow the sun,” has always stood out to me. I always try to follow the “glass half full” mentality in both personal and professional settings. Optimism inspires me into action so I can productively tackle any task in front of me.
What do you love most about Delaware?
Growing up, I didn't appreciate how small size of Delaware. Every venture to the grocery store or the mall resulted in seeing at least someone’s mom or a person from high school. However, the older I get, the more I like the small and intimate nature of the First State. Studying at UD with many out-of-staters only made this sentiment stronger. I also love our incredible state parks system and the plethora of opportunities they provide to get outdoors. The state parks system were a life-saver for me during the peak of the pandemic.
Do you have a favorite Delaware spot?
My favorite place in Delaware is definitely the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park. For the majority of the year, the north end of the park is closed due to endangered bird nesting. Come September, the Point opens for surf fishing and drive-on access. It’s something my dad and I have done together for years. Sunsets there are unbeatable, and you can see both the Harbor of Refuge and Delaware Breakwater lighthouses at once.
What podcast are you listening to right now?
I love listening to the Office Ladies podcast. If you're a fan of The Office, this is a fun listen during your drive to and from work. Each week, Jenna and Angela (cast members from The Office) will break down an episode and give exclusive behind-the-scene stories that only two people who were there, can tell you.