Senior Government Relations Specialist, Pitta Bishop Del Giorno & Giblin
As a child Carlos Beato got his exposure to labor politics by taking out the trash. That was one of the tasks he was charged with when he spent afternoons at the offices of Local 237 with his father, who was a porter for the building.
By the age of 9, his favorite subject was current events, and he stayed up late to watch 20/20 by himself on Friday nights. The dissolution of the Soviet Union was the news of the day, and he didn’t want to miss a single development.
Beato realized he wanted to go to la≠≠w school while working at Temple University’s law library as an undergraduate, but first he put his double major in sociology and psychology to work as a case manager for Safe Horizon, a not-for-profit service agency for victims of domestic violence. Throughout most of his tenure at Safe Horizon, Beato spent his evenings earning a J.D. at St. John’s School of Law.
During those busy days he learned the discipline that guides his schedule today, which includes waking up every day at 5:00 a.m. to work out and catch up on reading before heading in to work.
How did your past jobs get you to where you are now?
“My job at Safe Horizon taught me how to work in high-stress environments, manage expectations, and work with difficult personalities.”
If you were not working in politics, what would you be doing?
“Either union organizing or the military.”
Five years from now, what will it say on your business card?
“Hopefully it will say that I’m at the same firm, opening up a D.C. office.”
If you could have a superpower, what would it be, and why?
“Telepathy. I was a huge X-Men fan as a kid, and I would want to be like Professor Xavier. It would make my job a lot easier if I knew what people were thinking. At that point I can gauge what I have to say to persuade them.”
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