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Regina Calcaterra

Regina Calcaterra Regina’s memoir Etched in Sand appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers lists for 16 weeks during 2013-14 rising to #2 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal’s Non-Fiction E-Books Best Sellers list and #6 on the New York Times Non-Fiction Combined Print & E-Books list. It also has been selected for One College/One Book Read and integrated into college and high school curriculums nationwide. Her next book, Girl Unbroken: A Sister’s Harrowing Story of Survival from the Streets of Long Island to the Farms of Idaho, that she wrote with her sister Rosie Maloney, about Rosie’s journey, will be published October 2016 (HarperCollins Publishing/William Morrow).

For the past twenty-eight years Regina has spent her policy, managerial and legal career in both the private and public sector. She is presently a partner at Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz practicing law.

Regina recently served as Deputy General Counsel to the New York State Insurance Fund and as Executive Director of two New York State commissions. The first commission was charged with investigating the states utility company’s preparation and response to recent significant weather events. Under her guidance, this commission put forth two reports that included recommendations for statutory and regulatory changes related to the utility industry of which over 90% were adopted. The second commission was charged with investigating public corruption and resulted in the adoption of state laws that strengthened enforcement mechanisms against public corruption.

Prior to her state appointments, Regina served as Chief Deputy to the Suffolk County Executive where she managed a county of over 1.6 million residents, a $2.7 billion annual budget and a 9500 employee workforce. During her tenure she managed the county’s fiscal crisis and oversaw the county’s day-to- day operations and its immediate response and recovery to Superstorm Sandy.

The majority of Regina’s private sector experience was as a partner an internationally recognized securities litigation firm where she represented defrauded public and labor pension funds from those who committed corporate fraud on Wall Street.

Regina began her public service career working for the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities, specifically veterans. Thereafter, she joined NJ Transit where she worked towards ensuring that its commuter and light rail, bus and paratransit systems complied with the newly enacted Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. She was then appointed Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the New York City Comptroller where she successfully secured the passage of ten state laws including laws that allowed more flexibility for investing in the state and city’s pension and treasury funds. Reginalater served as Deputy Counsel to the New York City Employees’ Retirements System.

Regina has been the recipient of several honors and awards including receiving a lifetime achievement award issued jointly by the Primi-Dieci Society and the Italy-American Chamber of Commerce and from The Children of Bellevue for serving as a role model for foster children, and receiving the Speak Out for a Child Award from CASA-NYC and the Maxine Postal Humanitarian Award, the East End Women’s Network Woman of the Year Award and the Geraldine Ferraro Award of Courage. She proudly serves as board member to You Gotta Believe, an organization that works towards finding older foster children forever homes and as second vice-chair to the SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board.

She is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and Seton Hall University School of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Eastern, Southern and Northern US District Courts of New York.

"Regina is MORE wonderful than we ever imagined or that you promoted! Tarpon and Clearwater Campus locations; both were standing room only. Barnes & Noble ran out of the books they had available for sale. The libraries had all the books we had ordered checked out. Regina is charming, delightful, engaging, poised, and her story has challenged us to "get out there" and make a difference in the life of one person."
-- Bobbi Cullinan, St. Petersburg College | One Book, One College

"The event was absolutely wonderful - one of the best programs we have ever had at Islip. I can't even say what was the most interesting part of the program, she had my complete attention throughout. What an amazing person."
-- Laurie Atkin, Islip Public Library, New York

"Regina Calcaterra is as gifted, sensitive and intelligent in private as I described her publicly in my blog. I'd place Regina in an extremely rare category of evolved individuals who mix humor, kindness, social grace and wisdom in a way that reaches all sectors of society. She's powerful in the most subtle of ways, simply because she's a natural."
-- Maura Sweeney , Ambassador of Happiness - Author, International Speaker and HuffPost Contributor

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Reviews of Etched in Sand

Courageous...Fascinating...Unforgettable. Written as a 'story of the hope it took a community to raise a child,' Calcaterra concludes her story with the genuine sentiment that 'we all have to believe.' At the end of this unforgettable book, readers will.
-- Publishers Weekly,

Riveting reading from start to finish.
-- Kirkus Reviews,

Videos featuring Regina Calcaterra

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