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Who We Are

The Little Italy Association of San Diego

The Little Italy Association of San Diego is a 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation that was established in 1996 to oversee and expedite the revitalization and beautification of the Little Italy neighborhood in Downtown San Diego. The Association represents the property owners, residents, and businesses of Little Italy.

The Association is the only Little Italy district management corporation of its kind in any neighborhood in the United States. The Association pledges to advocate on behalf of its members’ best interests in the areas of public safety, beautification, promotion, and economic development while preserving the unique cultural resources that exist in our neighborhood.

The Association currently has 25 Board Members that are comprised of property owners, residents, business owners and community-at-large representatives. The Board of Directors meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Our Lady of the Rosary Church Hall; unless otherwise posted.  For more detailed information on dates and location, visit the Events Calendar page and if you would like to be added to the Reminder eBlast, please email Chris Gomez at  As a reminder, all Board and Committee meetings are open to the general public.

Current Officers of the Board

Steve Galasso, President
Luke Vinci, Vice President
Lou Palestini, Vice President of Heritage Affairs
Bryan Thompson, Treasurer
Annette Casemero, Secretary

Administrators of the Association

The Association is managed by Marco Li Mandri, President of New City America, Inc.; a private company with expertise in development and management of Business Improvement Districts, Community Benefit Districts, public space development and neighborhood revitalization.

Marco Li Mandri, Chief Executive Administrator
Christopher Gomez, District Manager
Dominic Li Mandri, Operations Manager
Rosie DeLuca, Financial Manager
Tammy DeLuca, Asst. Financial Manager
Nick Angluo, Events Manager
Dianne T. Serna, Office Administrator
Jeri Keiller, Financial Advisor
Laura Li Mandri, Executive Administration
Shirley Zawadzki, Executive Administration
Monica Montes, Administrative Staff
Michelle Mercado, Administrative Staff