Pat is the former president of Centro San Antonio, the downtown management organization for San Antonio. He was formerly a City Manager in Kalamazoo MI.
Pat DiGiovanni has done it all – downtown leader, city manager, finance director, consultant
Pat DiGiovanni is a recently retired Executive of Centro San Antonio; a 501(C)3 not for profit organization focused on building a vibrant and prosperous Downtown in San Antonio. He was the organization’s for CEO and also oversaw the downtown Public Improvement District as well as the Downtown Alliance, a sister member organization. Prior to his tenure with Centro, Pat was the Deputy City Manager for the City of san Antonio.
In his over five years as Centro’s CEO, Pat established Centro as a key partner with the public and private sector. He led the restructuring and rebranding of Centro, developed a long range plan for the organization, and collaborated with the board on an urban action agenda to guide Centro’s work and identify opportunities to partner with the City, County and other key public sector entities.
Pat has led or facilitated a number of key initiatives, including creation of the Zona Cultural state-designated cultural district, design of a retail strategy for the Houston Street corridor, investment in the transformation of Travis Park, and the launch of several free community events to activate public spaces in downtown. Pat also spearheaded the creation of a new downtown brand, which launched in the Fall of 2015.
Pat also led and facilitated Centro’s partnership with private sector stakeholders on the Broadway Cultural Corridor and Zona Cultural conceptual design projects. These transformational projects, along with Hemisfair Civic Park, were approved by citizens in the City’s 2017 bond program election, which will bring over $140M of improvement to downtown.
As Deputy City Manager, Pat had management oversight at one time or another of nearly every City department. He oversaw key code revisions to support the City’s “No “Kill” animal care goal, implemented a non-profit model for golf operations, and facilitated efforts to help secure vital military missions in San Antonio as well as the protection of two endangered species. Pat negotiated countless real estate and economic transactions that positioned the city for growth, and development agreements that brought hundreds of jobs to the urban core along with a number of residential units.
Pat started his 35 year career in municipal management in 1982 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania as the city’s Finance Director. In 1984, he served as the City of North Myrtle Beach Revenue Director before accepting his first chief administrative officer position in Surfside Beach, South Carolina in 1986. In 1991, Pat began a14-year tenure with the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he held positions of Assistant City Manager, Deputy City Manager and City Manager.
Pat has served on the Board of the International Downtown Association and is currently a member of the San Antonio Independent School District Foundation Board of Directors.
Pat recently formed Glass House Consulting, LLC. His services will mainly focus on developing young executive leadership in the public and non-profit sectors.
Pat’s wife, Alicia, works for the Marriott Rivercenter and Marriott Riverwalk properties in San Antonio. He has three children, Anne, an attorney in Los Angeles, and twin sons, David (in Michigan) and Paul (in San Antonio), who are both active in web-design and web development. In addition to his passion for downtown San Antonio, Pat has a strong passion for golf, cooking and music.
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