Author Bio


Elisa Speranza is the granddaughter of Irish and Italian immigrants, raised Catholic, and educated by nuns. Her heritage serves her well as she channels the story of Rose Marino, a daughter of Sicilian immigrants in New Orleans’ “Little Palermo” neighborhood during World War II. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Elisa came to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in 2002 and forgot to go home. She is a management consultant and board director, with a background in strategic communications, marketing, governance, and organizational excellence.

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