Board of Directors

Guiding the Future of the Fairgrounds

“The Golden State” – rich in history, resources and innovation. California’s fairgrounds are recreational, cultural and educational gathering centers, and here at the Del Mar Fairgrounds we’re proud to celebrate the agriculture, industry and ingenuity found plentiful right here in our community.

Serving the citizens of all of San Diego County, we are an agency of the State of California.

Here’s the team guiding the 22nd District Agricultural Association.

Board of Directors

Operated by the 22nd District Agricultural Association on behalf of the State of California, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is governed by a nine-member board, all appointed by the Governor. Each serves a four-year term.

The Board meets monthly, and appoints a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) charged with the day-to-day operation of the facilities.

Meeting notices, agendas and supporting documents are posted as required by the California Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act.

Correspondence is forwarded to the board on a weekly basis. Correspondence is considered public and is included in the monthly board packet.


  • 22nd DAA Board of Directors
    2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
    Del Mar, CA 92014


Richard Valdez

Don Mosier

Lisa Barkett
Vice President

Sam Nejabat

G. Joyce Rowland
Vice President

Frederick Schenk

Michael Gelfand

Pierre Sleiman

Kathlyn Mead

Carlene Moore

State & Government Oversight

Gavin Newsom
State of California

Karen Ross
Agricultural Secretary
California Department
of Food & Agriculture

Toni Atkins
Senate President
pro Tempore
California State Senate
District 39

Christopher Ward
Assembly member
California State Assembly
79th District


The Del Mar Fairgrounds and the San Diego County Fair are part of the California Network of Fairs, overseen by the State of California under the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA).


The Fairgrounds Team • Executive Staff

Carlene Moore

Katie Mueller
Chief Business
Services Officer

Melinda Carmichael
Chief Business

Development Officer

Paul Blaney
Events Director

Mark Elvin
Security Director

Jacky Eshelby
Exhibits Director

Lena Jouldjian
Box Office Director

Sam Longenecker
Operations Director

Jennifer Hellman
Media & Marketing Director

Kim Minick
Human Resources Director

Henry Rivera
Production Director

Donna Ruhm
Concessions Director