Silvano Orsi is a community advocate, an internationally published law scholar, experienced business executive, and the founder of Rochester's Little Italy Festival and Little Italy Historic District in the city's Lyell Avenue corridor.
He brings to the table a solid law and business management background, and a long list of achievements within the community. His community efforts have brought change and a better quality of life for residents and businesses.
Silvano holds two law degrees, one from the prestigious University of London Queen Mary School of Law, and the other from a top 20 U.S. law school, the Boston University School of Law, as well as a cum laude business administration degree from the International University of Geneva, Switzerland. He is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in Rochester, NY.
Silvano has served as a Project Manager and Executive for major telecommunications companies in the United States, Europe and Switzerland, and has been published as a law scholar, by some of the world's leading law and business journals in the United States and United Kingdom, on important topics like Mega-project Management, Risk Management, Project Finance, Ethics, Arbitration, and Infrastructure Development.
Silvano is the founder of Rochester's "Little Italy Historic District", an official city neighborhood, located in Rochester's NW and SW Quadrants. (Please see www.CityofRochester.gov/nwnsc and www.LittleItalyROC.com for more info.)
He has received numerous proclamations and awards from local, state and federal officials, for his inclusive public events, programs and initiatives, including "Special Congressional Recognition" from Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, as the founder of the popular "Little Italy Festival" and Little Italy Association of Rochester, Inc., a NY State-registered public charity and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, for which he served pro-bono as its President.
Silvano has raised thousands of dollars for local charities, such as the Open Door Mission, Catholic Family Center, Willow / Alternatives for Battered Women, MDA, House of Mercy and the Ronald McDonald House.
Silvano also helped raise over $700,000 for the United Way with Tom Richards, the former Mayor of Rochester (RG&E's Sr. Counsel at the time), and has served as a team leader for Habitat for Humanity, building homes for the needy in the City of Rochester.
Silvano is a supporter of the Gates Police Keystone Club, supporting member of the Rochester Police Locust Club, and he is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Italian American Bar Association, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), and a first level member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority of England and Wales.
Silvano played and refereed in the Gates "Little Guy" Soccer League for many years, and is a parish member at St. Theodore's Church in Gates, where he has lived for over 35 years.
Silvano was born and raised in the City of Rochester, right off of Lyell Avenue, where he lived for nearly 15 years, and where he continues to work pro-bono as a community advocate, to help revitalize the Lyell Ave corridor and its Little Italy Historic District, with passion, unstoppable drive and commitment.
Silvano recently secured nearly $65,000 in funding, to help save the Italian and Latin language program at the Gates Chili School District. He also recently went to bat to help save the City of Rochester's Soccer Stadium, and has organized important anti-crime and anti-violence initiatives in the Lyell Ave area, bringing people together from across the community to march for peace.
The annual Little Italy Festival, which he founded, has drawn thousands of people to the Town of Gates and Downtown Rochester, since its inception, and has increased business opportunities for local merchants, food vendors, hotels and service providers from across the Greater Rochester area. The festival was nominated as "Best Cultural Festival of Rochester" by City Newspaper in 2017 and 2018.
Silvano is also one of the founders of the "San Juan Bautista Festival" in the N. Clinton Avenue corridor, and has participated in many Latino community initiatives in the area, like the anti-drug and anti-violence "No Mas" initiative, as well as volunteered at IBERO initiatives like the "La Marketa Days" events, held at N. Clinton Avenue's "La Marketa International Plaza". He also helps raise money for St. Michael's Church on N. Clinton Avenue.
Silvano has organized African-American community events such as a bi-centennial Frederick Douglass celebration, in partnership with the Wachuku Foundation for Humanitarian Aid and African Princess Refelle Conteh of Sierra Leone, highlighting STEM, engineering and scientific achievements in the Black community, and he has sponsored student programs for minorities at the Enrico Fermi School in the City of Rochester, with local Grammy-nominated teacher Chaz Bruce.
Silvano's personal interests include soccer, hiking, fishing, chess, leisure travel, family gatherings and playing the drums and piano.
Silvano Orsi was born and raised in the City of Rochester's Lyell Avenue corridor, a vital gateway into the city , where the city's 150 year old "Little Italy Historic District", resides. His primary focus areas are addressing public safety issues in both the city and town of Gates, neighborhood revitalization, improving quality of life for families, job creation, education, economic development youth development and fighting for your fair share, in both the Town of Gates and City of Rochester. His goals also include, but are not limited to, the following: