Mike DiGiorgio, Executive MBA ’79

Mike, a former mayor of Novato, California, passed away of leukemia on April 6, 2014. He was 73.

His more than 20 years as a Novato resident took a public service direction when, in 1993, he became a member of Novato’s homeless commission. Since then, he served on the Hamilton Advisory Committee, was on the city council from 1995-2003, serving as mayor twice, and was president of Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilpersons, a board member of the Downtown Business Association from 2005-2007, a member of the Board of Novato Sanitary District and, among many transportation roles, was an original SMART board member. He was a real estate agent with Athas & Associates.

Mike’s career spanned multiple fields, including working in foreign trade, on BART with Kaiser Sand & Gravel, as a stockbroker, and at Di Giorgio Corp, as well as running a commuter airline, working for aircraft speculators and owning a video store.

Following a three-year stint in the U.S. Army, Mike returned home, graduating from San Francisco State with a major in international trade and a minor in transportation. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University in 1979.

Mike is survived by Gordonna Vuksich, his wife of 37 years, and his son Anthony.

Mike DiGiorgio, Executive MBA ’79
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