03.24.09

Juli Costanzo Named a "Woman of the Year" in the 29th Congressional District

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Contact: Sean Oblack (202) 225-4176

Juli Costanzo Named a “Woman of the Year” in the 29th Congressional District

Washington, D.C. – On Saturday at a reception in Pasadena, Representative Adam Schiff honored Juli Costanzo for her commitment and service to San Gabriel by naming her a “Woman of the Year.” 

“As a public servant and a dedicated life-long volunteer, Juli has set a standard for what it means to be a truly devoted citizen,” said Schiff. “We are fortunate to have Juli as a member of our community, and we can all be inspired by her example.”

Born in nearby Glendale, California, Juli first moved to San Gabriel in 1965. She began as the Owner and Manager of a local small business, Hammy’s Hamburgers, and went on to become the Executive Director and President of the San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce. She has served as a San Gabriel City Council member since March of 2003. Juli is a past mayor of the City and is also the Vice President of her family’s current small business, Champion Sports Collectables, Inc.

Juli’s rise to the apex of San Gabriel leadership can be attributed to her unrelenting devotion to the economic and social welfare of her community. She has served as a board member and event coordinator for numerous local organizations, from the San Gabriel Mission Elementary School Board to the Mission District Mercado and the joint Family Festival and Farmers Market. In her role as a San Gabriel Parks and Recreation Commissioner, Juli helped maintain and improve the integrity of the City’s beloved and historic public spaces.

In addition to Juli’s city and small business endeavors, she remains an active community member. Whether assisting the San Gabriel Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Program and the San Gabriel Community Coordinating Council, supporting the West San Gabriel Valley YMCA and the Mission District Partnership, or just attending an AYSO Region 40 game, Juli is an ideal example of a friendly face and a helping hand.

Every March, during Women’s History Month, Rep. Schiff honors one outstanding woman from each of the communities in the 29th Congressional District.  These women come from all walks of life and represent the thousands of women who make a positive impact in our region.  While there are no specific criteria for nomination, Rep. Schiff looks for women who — through their work or volunteerism — have improved the quality of life for our community.

Rep. Schiff represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.