Carlene Moore Named CEO of Del Mar Fairgrounds

Published On: March 4th, 2021


With unanimous support, the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors/Del Mar Fairgrounds appointed Interim CEO Carlene Moore to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Board President Richard Valdez announced the decision today at an all-employee staff meeting via Zoom.

Valdez stated, “Carlene has proven herself to be a true leader. Her hard work and dedication during her entire time with the Del Mar Fairgrounds, but in particular over the past 12 months while she has helped navigate the organization through extremely challenging times, has been remarkable. Our board has every confidence in her ability as CEO to continue to work through the challenges and help guide us as we re-embark on our strategic planning process, toward a positive and sustainable future for the fairgrounds.”

Moore was appointed Interim CEO of the Del Mar Fairgrounds in August 2020. She initially joined the staff as Deputy General Manager in February 2019 after an extensive search. Prior to joining the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Moore served as CEO of the Napa County Fair Association (Calistoga, Calif.). Her experience in the Fair industry spans back to 1994, having also worked at the El Dorado County Fair (Placerville, Calif.) and Placer County Fair (Roseville, Calif.). Moore graduated Cum Laude from California State University, Sacramento with a concentration in Strategic Management.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity and I look forward to working with the Board, our talented team, and all of our partners, stakeholders and the community to continue the rich tradition of the Del Mar Fairgrounds,” Moore states. “This place and the events that are held here have created special memories for generations of San Diegans. I’m honored to be part of the fairgrounds’ future.”


Established in 1936, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a world-class, multi-use, public facility with an emphasis on promoting agriculture, education, entertainment and recreation in a fiscally sound and environmentally conscientious manner for the benefit of all. The 22nd District Agriculture Association manages and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds on behalf of the State of California, and is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the governor. Fairgrounds operations are primarily funded by revenues generated by hosting events, the largest being the annual San Diego County Fair. For more information, visit

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