AJ Pope grew up in Westchester County, New York, where he lived until his early 20’s. While attending Tuckahoe High School, AJ was active in his student body, and took the initiative to make change in various ways. He founded the Italian National Honors Society for his high school, which still continues on today. He also founded “Tuckahoe First,” a student-run organization under the National Honors Society, which aimed to beautify and take care of the school which gave back to them.
AJ was primed from a young age to follow in his father’s footsteps which were to continue on the family legacy. In 2015, AJ was voted onto the Board of Directors of the Generoso Pope Foundation, a private non-profit which responds to requests for funding from education, health, cultural, human service, and civic organizations. The Foundation was founded by Generoso Pope in 1947 to continue his efforts in aiding the community around him and beyond.
AJ graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and a minor in Engineering from Fairfield University in 2018. While studying during his four years, he interned for Make-A-Wish CT and the Walt Disney Company. He was an active student on campus, holding positions in various groups and boards. Some include, Tour Ambassador for the Admissions Department, a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council for the Dolan School of Business, and Director of Events for Fairfield’s student body government.
In 2017, AJ was promoted to Director of Programs for the Westchester Italian Cultural Center. The largest of it’s kind in the nation, the non-profit aims to keep the Italian culture alive by hosting Italian language courses, cooking classes, lectures, and special events. The Center celebrated it’s 10th anniversary that year, and has grown stronger and bolder ever since, welcoming hundreds of Members from far and wide.
Upon his graduation in May of 2018, AJ pursued his dreams and moved to Florida to work for the Walt Disney Company, where he currently makes magic for thousands of Guests every day.
AJ is still heavily involved with the Generoso Pope Foundation and Westchester Italian Cultural Center, both located in New York.