Announcing our first guest speaker!


Mayor Donald A. Guardian, Atlantic City

Donald A. Guardian was sworn-in as Mayor of Atlantic City on January 1, 2014.  Prior to that, he was the director of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s Special Improvement Division (formerly known as the Atlantic City Special Improvement District or ACSID). 

As ACSID Director, Mr. Guardian was instrumental in developing program concepts and standards for environmental services, landscaping, and ambassador programs for Atlantic City. During his tenure at Atlantic City Special Improvement District, Mr. Guardian was able to add information services, street-scaping and site improvements, staff development, business support services, economic development, and over 120 facades for businesses, and support for special events.

Mr. Guardian previously served as the Executive Assistant to the President of the Claridge Casino Hotel. While in that position, his duties included corporate development as well as civic involvement of the company’s President and Board Chairman.

Prior to his position at the Claridge, Mr. Guardian served with the Boys Scouts of America in executive positions for sixteen years. The last position he held was Council Scout Executive and Chief Operating Officer. His years with Scouts were marked with innovative fundraisers, successful marketing to increase the customer base, membership growth, quality program development, community leader recruiting and leadership of a staff of 100.

Mr. Guardian is an active member in numerous local civic, business and community organizations. He is past President of the Rotary Club of Atlantic City and Past District Governor of Rotary District 7640, past President of the South Jersey AIDS Alliance, and Vice President/Secretary of The Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association. In addition, Mr. Guardian is a past president of the Gardner’s Basin Board of Directors and a Board Member of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce.

Donald A. Guardian is a graduate of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ and an alumnus of Upsala College in East Orange, NJ. In addition, he has 1,000 hours of advance seminars in People Management, Fiduciary and Internal controls and personal skills development.

Mr. Guardian resides with his long-time partner, Louis Fatato, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.