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Who We Are

JONATHAN O’DONNELL, FOUNDER

Jonathan has been actively engaged in the fitness industry for over a decade, and has owned multiple gyms throughout New Jersey during his career. He has also been buying and selling fitness apparel and other related products during this time. 

Jonathan began his journey into sustainable and eco-conscious fashion through buying, selling, and personally consuming organic and sustainable food, beverages and supplements – many of these small and family run companies share the same values as the eco-conscious brands featured here at L’Aquila.  

Jonathan believes that the time has come for sustainable and organic fashion to become mainstream, especially in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. 

He has made it his personal mission not only to create L’Aquila, one of the first global platforms for sustainable clothing and other products, but also to spread awareness to others through weekly blog.  He graduated NYU Stern Business School with a concentration in Finance.

  

CAROLYN PALMIERI, HEAD OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Carolyn has worked in the fashion industry for the past 30 years.  At a young age she loved fashion and decided to pursue a career in the industry going to The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. 

 

She received a degree in Buying and Merchandising and was hired from an internship finishing her degree at night.  

 

She became a buyer, working for several large retail corporations and as her career evolved, she was promoted to Vice President running several multi-million-dollar businesses.  

One of the highlights of her career was working for an athletic global retailer where she was a merchant and collaborated with several iconic brands to develop exclusive curated assortments. 

 

An avid runner and athlete, she personally understood how critical it was for fitness apparel to offer fashion and function.  

 

Carolyn and Jonathan met over a year ago and collaborated on the idea of developing a collective of high end, niche brands in fitness and lifestyle apparel that would be both eco-conscious and sustainable.  

 

L’Aquila was born. 

 

ELENA MATRULLO, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

 

Elena brings over 30 years of Financial and Operating expertise to L’aquila. She spent the majority of her career at Citibank, where she held various positions in Credit Risk.   Her last position at Citi was Global Chief Credit Officer.

 

Elena managed a portfolio in excess of 750 billion in lending to Financial Institutions throughout the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Elena had a staff of 300 persons globally, including operations and credit personnel.

 

Elena spent the last 6 years-of her banking career at Barclays Capital, the first four as Chief Credit Officer of the US, responsible for global financial Institutions and large corporate and middle market lending. That portfolio was in excess of 500 billion.  The last two years at Barclays, Elena became the head of Global Systemic Risk.

  

Elena has also been a leader in employee diversity initiatives both at Citigroup and Barclays. Leading forums and formally mentoring women at the beginning and middle stages of their careers.

 

While at Barclays Elena headed up the North American Diversity Committee, which focused on the advancement of women, minorities and LGBT persons. 

 

This committee’s goal was to put into practice improved recruitment, career tracking and mentoring.  She also organized and hosted forums and panels on mentoring, diversity and career opportunities.  

 

Elena is believer in giving back to the community and has volunteered extensively on school rehabilitation projects in the boroughs of NY, as well as counseling women who are re-entering the workforce after a hiatus.

 

Elena currently resides in Montauk, NY with her husband and in her spare time, enjoys biking, boating, music festivals and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

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