Gianfranco Grande was born and reared in Rome, Italy. He was educated at the Vatican Seminary and at the University of Rome. A journalist, preservationist, published author, and playwright, Dr. Grande also brings over 20 years of experience in development and management of nonprofit organizations. Today, he serves as a Senior Vice President of Partners for Sacred Places. Since it opened its doors in 2008, the Chicago Office of Partners for Sacred Places has worked with more than 500 community-serving congregations representing the religious, racial, ethnic and socio-economic diversity of the City.