National Organizations (Heritage, Advocacy, Service)

National Organizations (Heritage, Advocacy, Service)


N.I.A.F. (National Italian American Foundation)

National Italian American Foundation
1860 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 387-0600
Fax: (202) 466-3445

Founded in 1975 as a non-partisan organization dedicated to ýpreserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Americans of Italian descent, the nationÝs fifth largest ethnic group.ţ

National co-Vice-Chair:
Joseph Cerrell
Cerrell Associates Inc.
320 North Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Tel: (323) 466-3445
Fax: (323) 466-8653

NIAF Regional VP's & Area Coordinators - Far West

NIAF - Los Angeles Chapter

Marcella Leonetti-Tyler
California State University Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Los Angeles, CA 91330
Tel.: (818) 677-3979
Fax: (818) 677-5088

Doug DeLuca
Co-Executive Producer
Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC-TV
6834 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. 600
Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel.: (323) 860-5760

John Nocita
152 E. Perlita Circle
Palm Springs, CA 92264
Fax: (760) 320-0857

Frank A. Colonna
6919 E. Seaside Walk
Long Beach, CA 90803

A Bit of History: Joe Cerrell: A Democratic Legacy Linked to JFK.

It may say enough about veteran Los Angeles political consultant Joe Cerrell that when Boston real estate magnate Frank McCourt bought the Dodgers for $430 million earlier this year, amid criticism over being an outsider, the first person he hired to help him and his family fit in was Joe Cerrell. [Í] In the mid-1950s, as a student at USC, Cerrell had earned the reputation as the "kid," a high-energy young political activist and president of the Trojan Democratic Club, who was a must contact for any Democrats planning a visit to Los Angeles. [Í] While JFK may not have made a great impression on Cerrell, Cerrell made one on him. That summer Cerrell wound up invited to the Kennedy family box to watch the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Kennedy made a last-minute unsuccessful bid for the vice-presidential nomination and emerged as a national figure. [Í] The Kennedy campaign staff on those California swings was simply Cerrell and one off-duty police officer who was unarmed. "I was the security," recalls Cerrell. "I was part of a one-man band." In retrospect, Cerrell knows, that unique period in American political history proved to be the beginning of a new era of politics, as well as the launching of his own business that has made him a fixture in Los Angeles, not only among politicians and government officials but also among journalists seeking insight into the often murky world of power. On any given night, you may see Cerrell talking national politics with syndicated columnist Robert Novak on CNN's "Crossfire" or being interviewed on a local public affairs show. Newspapers reporters especially love him because Cerrell doesn't beat around the bush. When Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected last fall, Cerrell's one-line analysis cut through all the political blabber. "They didn't elect Arnold Schwarzenegger," he told reporters. "They elected the Terminator." Today, Cerrell's public relations firm is the 19th largest in Southern California, with a second generation in the business. [Í] "Cerrell can tell you where more skeletons are buried in this town because he's helped bury more than his share," the late Hollywood restaurateur Frank Casado once said of Cerrell, who regularly met with Democratic party powers at Casado's restaurant, Lucy's El Adobe. [Í] It all goes back to those days as a young man, sacrificing and working long hard hours for political figures that are now part of history. "I was just there to find places for them to go and get good media coverage," says Cerrell. "I owe it all to those guys that came to the campus."

From: "The Man Behind the Kingdom and the Power: How political insider Joe Cerrell became the most influential behind-the-scenes figure in Los Angeles politics ," by Tony Castro and Mario Villegas, 26.MAY.04

Unico Chapters

Fairfield Commons
271 US Hwy 46 W, Suite A-108
Fairfield, New Jersey 07004
Tel: (973) 808-0035
Fax: (973) 808-0043
Founded in 1922 ýto create an Italian American service organization to engage in charitable works, support higher education, and perform patriotic deeds.ţ (Cf. Lions, Kiwanis, and Rotary).

California ˝ District One Chapters

District Governor
Nicholas DÝAmico
1122 W MacArthur Avenue
San Pedro, CA 90732
Tel: 310-354-5000; 310-567-0736

Downey Chapter
Pres. Joe Curi
7749 Arnett
Downey CA 91233
Tel: (562) 923-8360

Los Angeles Chapter
Pres. Louis Bisetti
1833 Fern Lane
Glendale CA 91208
Tel: (818) 242-1635

San Fernando Valley Chapter
Pres. James Palazzolo
7821 Shoshone Avenue
Northridge Ca 91325
Tel: (818) 563-4307
Tel: (818) 609-1177

West Los Angeles Chapter
Pres. David Donnini
P.O. Box 521
Hermosa Beach CA 90254
Tel: (310) 947-9292

Order of the Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) - United Lodges

The Order Sons of Italy in America
219 E. Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 2002
Tel: (202) 547-2900
Fax: (202) 547-0121
National Ex. Dir. : Philip R. Piccigallo

National fraternal organization which is service and charity oriented.

Order Sons of Italy in America (Grand Lodge-CA)
Tel: (415) 586-1316

America Lodge #1609 La Habra

Anaheim Lodge #2076 Anaheim
Tel: (714) 776-0641

Hacienda Lodge #2168 Whittier

Joanne Coccia Lodge #2553 Fontana
9420 Sierra Ave.
Fontana, CA 9235-5920
Tel: (909)-357-8149
Fax: (909) 357-9458

Pugliese Lodge #1375 Glendale
Pres.: Steve De Santis

Orange County American Italian Renaissance Foundation
Pres.: Tom Rizzo
202 N. Bush
St.Santa Ana, CA 92701
Tel: (714) 534-6674

West Covina Lodge #2056
Pres.: Richard Salvatore
Tel: (626) 339-8001


Hollywood Lodge
Pres.: Linda Desiante
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