Jeff Macelli is a native Californian in the truest sense. He is part (a very small part) Chumash Indian. The Chumash Tribe was a band of Indians who lived along the California coastline from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo. His maternal grandmother was able to trace the family’s roots in California back to 1614.
Macelli came to San Diego from the San Francisco Bay area in 1977 to attend San Diego State. He moved from Pacific Beach to La Jolla in 1998 when some friends told him about a great family neighborhood called Bird Rock.
He and his wife Sherry have been married for almost 18 years and have two children, Brock, 16, and Tristan, 13. He has run a private wealth management practice for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in La Jolla for the past 16 years.
What brought you to La Jolla?My wife and I moved to La Jolla (Bird Rock) from Pacific Beach after our children were born. We wanted to be in a family neighborhood with good schools and good families. We couldn’t have picked a better place to live and raise our children.
What makes this area special to you?Bird Rock is such a great place for families with the Fourth of July Parade, all the Halloween fun, and summers at the beach. Ours is a small, close-knit community where everybody knows everybody and people look out for and take care of each other. This really hit home after our car accident. At a time when we needed it the most, the whole community stepped up. We received so many phone calls, well wishes, dinners and help from our friends in the neighborhood. This helped our whole family get through the crisis. We are very grateful for all the support we were given.
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?Two things that bother me about our neighborhood are the crime and homeless problem. We were hit by a homeless person who lived in his car behind Bully’s. I don’t have a solution for the problem, but this is a problem that needs to be addressed.
Who or what inspires you?That would be my wife. She has been an amazing partner and mother to our children. She has done a terrific job of raising our kids and instilling in them a good sense of values and character traits.
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?I would invite Michael Jordan, Mohammad Ali, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Robin Williams, John Lennon, Tony Hawk and John F. Kennedy.
Tell us about what you are reading.A very interesting book I recently read was the “The Big Short” by Michael Lewis (the author of “Liars Poker”). The book was about the Stock and Real Estate Market Crash of 2008. It is a great look at the cause of the collapse of the financial markets and the Sub Prime Crisis that ruined some of the country’s oldest financial institutions
What is your most-prized possession?While there is no single possession I couldn’t live without, I would have to say the thing I value the most is my relationship with my family and friends. When I’m on my deathbed, I’m not going to look back and say I wish I had more “things.” I will wish I had more time to
spend with those people that matter the most to me.
What do you do for fun?I like surfing, snowboarding, wake boarding and bike riding.
Describe your greatest accomplishment.I think my single greatest accomplishment is the small role I played in raising my children to become good people.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?After surviving the car accident, I have to say live life to the fullest. Live like everyday is your last because you never know what can happen to change it.