Della DiPietro earned a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Michigan in 1976, where she won a Hopwood Award for creative writing. In 1982, she earned a masters degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from Western. Since then Della has had distinguished careers in both public relations and broadcast journalism. During the past 15 years, she has held numerous management positions in public relations with Ford Motor Company. Currently she heads global communications for Ford's manufacturing operations, with 110 plants in 25 countries, as well as Ford's purchasing operations with a $90 billion annual buy. Della also has served as director of Ford's internal communications with responsibility for daily video broadcasts, publications, and websites, reaching as many as 220,000 employees and retirees on a regular basis. Earlier, she headed communications for Ford Credit, the world's largest automotive finance company. Her teams have won many public relations honors for websites, annual reports, employee newsletters, and communication programs. Before joining Ford, Della was an award-winning broadcast journalist. Many of her 12 years in journalism were spent at WWMT-TV in West Michigan, where she served as a news anchor, reporter, documentary producer, and talk show host. Her work garnered various awards for reporting and documentary production from organizations such as the Radio-TV News Directors Association and United Press International. An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, she has lent her communication skills to nonprofit groups such as Junior Achievement, the Huron River Watershed Council, and the American Financial Services Association. Her long-time involvement in social, charitable, and local government activities also include elections in 1996 and 2000 to the governing body in Ann Arbor Township where she and her husband have lived since 1989. Adventure travel is a passion for Della and for the past several years, she has combined social outreach and travel as part of medical and homebuilding teams working in the highlands of Guatemala.