Welcome our new executive director

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Columnists, East Village News, Featured | No Comments

By Sunny Lee | East Village Biz News

The East Village Association, Inc. (EVA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that manages and promotes the East Village business improvement district, recently named Dora McCann Guerreiro as its executive director, effective July 10.

“Dora is exactly what the East Village Association needs,” said James Haug, EVA’s board president. “I am excited to have her join our team to help activate and advocate for our neighborhood.”

Dora McCann Guerreiro (Courtesy EVA)

A Downtown resident herself, McCann Guerreiro joins the EVA after serving as the policy administrator for the Port of San Diego and acting as a consultant for multiple land-use development projects.

In these roles, she advocated for regional needs on select national advisory boards; put an international cross-border maritime permitting solution into place, preserving all cross-border marine recreation; and delivered a multi-million-dollar competitive grant bid from the Department of Transportation, Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER), which will finance the modernization of the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

Prior to moving to San Diego, McCann Guerreiro worked in Washington, D.C. for U.S. Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR). As a registered contract lobbyist, she achieved client objectives through tactical project positioning.

McCann Guerreiro holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University; a master’s concentration in international affairs from George Washington University; a Spanish language degree from the Instituto de Malaga Plus, in Malaga Spain; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Virginia.

In her new role at EVA, McCann Guerreiro will be responsible for working closely with the board of directors, and representatives from the city of San Diego and San Diego County, to formulate and implement strategic goals to increase the economic vitality, endorsement and implementation of clean and safe programing for San Diego’s largest Downtown neighborhood.

McCann Guerreiro will play a critical role in advancing more than 700 businesses located within the thriving urban enclave known as East Village; including restaurants, hotels and art galleries; Petco Park — home of the San Diego Padres; several educational institutions, including Thomas Jefferson School of Law, NewSchool of Architecture and Design, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and San Diego City College; as well as the residents of East Village.

“I’m honored to join the East Village Association at such a transformative time,” McCann Guerreiro said. “With increased participation in the strategic urbanization of our community, I am committed to maintaining the partnerships, policy knowledge and a transparent pragmatic approach to furthering the promotion, public safety, and development of this vibrant, diverse, urban community.”


About the East Village Association

East Village Association, Inc. (EVA) represents San Diego’s largest Downtown neighborhood encompassing 130 blocks between Seventh Avenue and 18th Street. Currently an arts and industrial neighborhood in transition, the East Village is anticipated to evolve over the next decade to a mix-use community of more than 800-plus businesses and nearly 30,000 residents. EVA’s mission is to support and promote neighborhood businesses and residents by establishing the community as San Diego’s livable urban village where people and the entrepreneurial spirit thrive through the distinct mix of arts, culture, education, and entertainment.

—Sunny Lee is the program manager of the East Village Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that manages the East Village business improvement district. To learn more visit the

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