Mead named to fair board

Mead named to fair board
Kathlyn Mead listens during the public comment period of her first meeting as a member of the 22nd District Agricultural Association on Aug. 12. Director David Lizerbram is in the background. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — For the first time in about two years the nine-member board that governs the Del Mar Fairgrounds has a full roster.

Kathlyn Mead, who was appointed to the 22nd District Agricultural Association by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 4, attended her first meeting Aug. 12. The board did not meet in July.

“I’m quite honored to be here,” she said. “I’m very delighted.”

Mead, of Escondido, said she did a lot of research before agreeing to accept the position to ensure she was able to devote the necessary time and attention to the board.

“I’m up to the task,” Mead said, adding that she looks forward to serving on the various committees. “Put me where you need me … I will begin work where you need me most.”

Last month Mead was named president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Foundation, a community nonprofit that provides charitable funds to support organizations within the county.

Since 2007 she was executive vice president and chief operations officer at the California Endowment. She also served as president and CEO at the Council of Community Clinics, vice president at Blue Shield of California, president and CEO at Sharp Health Plan and vice president at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.

Mead, a Democrat, earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

The 22nd DAA board of directors has not had a complete panel since early 2012 after Michael Alpert and Tom Chino resigned, leaving two vacancies.

Stephen Shewmaker filled one of those spots when he was appointed in October 2012.

Although their terms do not expire until next year, Brown reappointed Fred Schenk, who is currently serving as president, and Lisa Barkett in June. Both were named to the board in August 2011 with Chino, David Watson and David Lizerbram.

Adam Day, an appointee of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, was reappointed by Brown in October 2012.

The terms of Russ Penniman and Ruben Barrales expired in January 2010 and January 2012, respectively.

Board members are appointed by the governor to four-year, unpaid terms.



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