Once he started walking the halls of Congress during ESA’s Day on Capitol Hill, Past President Charles "Dom” D’Ascoli didn’t have to work hard to find a familiar face. Rep. Juan Vargas, a first-term congressman from California’s 51st District, is married to Dom’s niece, Adrienne D’Ascoli.
Dom was accompanied by California’s delegation to the last appointment of the day in Rep. Vargas’ office. The meeting lasted nearly 90 minutes, as the Congressman warmly greeted the group and engaged them in a thorough review of each of ESA’s key legislative issues.
Being part of the family has its privileges: Afterward, Rep. Vargas gave Dom a ride back to the St. Gregory Hotel and stayed to mingle with delegates during the Honeywell Platinum Reception.
Rep. Vargas met Dom's niece when they both attended Fordham University in New York City, and later attended Harvard, where they were classmates with President Obama. They currently reside in San Diego with two daughters, Rosa and Helena.
Adrienne is a vice president at the San Diego Foundation, a community resource for receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds to organizations in the area.