Favorite quote or saying, why?
“I (Jesus) came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:10
I love that life is designed to be abundant and I want to live that out and encourage others to experience that type of life!
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As an attorney at Gianelli & Associates I have been able to leverage my business law practice to help form and advise over 20 local nonprofit organizations. I serve in an advisory position for many of them still. I try to connect people and businesses to each other and to those organizations I know are doing great work in the community where both parties will benefit from the connection.
Your life changed when:
My wife and I first moved to Malawi, Africa and experienced poverty on a level we had never imagined before. I realized how diverse this world is and how fragile life really is. In Africa there was a chance to be a part of helping with core needs – hunger, education, and healthcare. I have carried that sense of helping those around me ever since. Whether it’s those with wealth or those in poverty there are ways you can use your experiences, strengths, and connections to make a difference in others’ lives.
What do you want people to know most about you?
I love helping good people do good work. I want to come alongside anyone moving forward in their life, in their business or in the community and work together in those efforts.
What do you like most about living here?
The cool thing about Modesto is the engagement by people to improve the quality of life. There is a unity of people putting forth effort toward improving the city unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. The common enemy of negative publicity for Modesto is being fought against by people united in the idea that Modesto really is a great city and that creates a uniquely exciting and positive environment. There are so many people here passionate about seeing our city succeed and being a part of that movement makes it a great place to live.
Why is community involvement important?
Stewardship is important. You have to be responsible for what is around you – yourself, your family, your work and your community. There are so many people that need help and giving of yourself to help others is extremely rewarding.
At a glance
- Age: 38
- Occupation: Business and Estate Planning Attorney, Gianelli & Associates