Margaret "Midge" Costanza was a social and political activist who served as a top advisor to President Jimmy Carter. Known for her wit, outspoken manner and commitment to her convictions, she fought for the rights and dignity of all people, particularly women, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups. The daughter of Sicilian immigrants Midge Costanza became the first City councilwoman in Rochester, New York in 1973. She later rose to become the first female Assistant to a U.S. President. Midge moved to San Diego in the 1980s where she was active in numerous organizations and issues. She had the rare ability to bring together people with different viewpoints to accomplish a shared civic goal.
The Little Italy Association is honored to add the legacy of Midge to our remarkable public spaces. The Piazza Costanza will sit on the corner of Columbia and W. Ash Streets directly outside the Luma apartments.
State of California
As recommended by Senate President Pro Tem Toni G. Atkins
County of San Diego
As recommended by Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer
Joan and Irwin Jacobs
Manpower of San Diego
Phil Blair & Mel Katz
Marco & Laura Li Mandri and Family
The Spoon-Wallace Family
Laurie Black and The Lawrence Family
Bonnie Dumanis & Denise Nelesen