Luciano Mangiafico was born in Italy and began his education there. He moved to the United States in 1956, and in 1970 joined the U.S. Foreign Service and worked abroad as a diplomat until his retirement. Among his foreign postings, he was U.S. consul in Milan (Italy) and consul general in Palermo (Italy). In 1985–86, while on sabbatical leave from the Department of State, Mangiafico wrote Contemporary American Immigrants: Patterns of Filipino, Korean, and Chinese Settlement in the United States. Mangiafico is bilingual and has taught Italian and Italian culture to adults. He lives in McLean, Virginia.