Catherine Accardi is a native San Franciscan. She graduated from San Francisco State University with degrees in photography and urban planning and has a keen interest in San Francisco history and in writing. Her books include Images of America: Walnut Creek, San Francisco’s North Beach & Telegraph Hill, and San Francisco Landmarks. For five years, she was the journalist responsible for the San Francisco Bay Area section of L’Italo-Americano. Catherine hopes her work will highlight our country's local history in a positive way and inspire residents to enjoy their communities.