LiMandri & Jonna Saves Cherished San Diego Historical Institution

LiMandri & Jonna Saves Cherished San Diego Historical Institution

In late 2017, two founders of the San Diego Chinese Historical Society and Museum, a nonprofit that runs the Chinese museum located on Third Avenue in downtown San Diego, filed a derivative action to save the museum after they began discovering potential mismanagement by the current board of directors.

The two founders discovered that board members were continuing to sit on the board long past the three term limit, that important issues had not been put to a general membership vote for many years, that the board was itself appointing new board members and amending the bylaws without a membership vote, and that there were rumors of financial impropriety and self-dealing.

LiMandri & Jonna’s lawsuit brought the museum board members to the negotiation table. With the help of nonprofit experts, the founders and current board members crafted a new structure for the museum to ensure that there is no potential for distraction of the museum from its core mission of preserving and celebrating the history of the Chinese community in San Diego.