City of Benicia Economic Development Team


Mario giuliani

Economic Development Manager

“People don’t come to City Hall to get a permit, they come to open their business.” With this attitude, Mario spearheads the City’s Economic Development program to promote business retention, expansion and attraction. Mario is your personal liaison in site selection, permitting and business licensing. He also serves as the City’s chief negotiator and manager for City owned real estate and economic development initiatives, including the Benicia Broadband project and Business Improvement District. 

Your first point of contact:
Mario Giuliani, Economic Development Manager
707.746.4289 •


Teri Davena

Economic Development Specialist

With more than 20 years’ experience in municipal economic development, Teri’s focus is on tourism and the efforts to bring visitors to Benicia, increasing Benicia’s profile as a destination, and assisting businesses.



City of Benicia's Economic Development Board

CHAIR - Penny Nichols Stell
Ms. Stell is a retired regional manager of 24 stores in the Schruman Fine Papers retail brand. She is an active volunteer for several local nonprofits. 

VICE CHAIR - Dennis Cullen
Mr. Cullen has been an active downtown merchant and owner of Cullen's Tannery Pub for some 20 years. Before owning a business downtown, he was a global logistics specialist. He is also a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Mr. Finn owns and operates a successful business in the Benicia Industrial Park, F3 and Associates, with 70 full time employees and is a commercial property owner. He is active in Benicia Little League as both a team manager and coach.

BOARD MEMBER - Marty Jones
Mr. Jones has over 13 years experience in sales and new business development and is currently employed at Fastenal in Benicia. 

BOARD MEMBER - Deb Machado
Ms. Machado and her husband own Romancing the Home in downtown Benicia.