Board of Directors

The DC State Fair is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors.

Join the Board

The DC State Fair continually seeks individuals who can help us build our annual showcase of the District’s agricultural, culinary and artistic talents. Candidates for the Board of Directors should:

  • Reside in Washington, D.C.
  • Be enthusiastic about the District’s past, present and future, as well as its food, agricultural and artistic communities
  • Be willing to speak to strangers, raise funds from local businesses and work with people of all kinds
  • Be willing to eat, sleep and breathe the DC State Fair during our busiest time of year (May – October)

Board members are volunteers who serve two-year terms. They are expected to participate in regularly scheduled meetings, serve on committees and engage with District residents through community outreach and fundraising opportunities. New Board members are selected at the beginning of each calendar year and when a position on the Board of Directors becomes available.

Candidates who are interested in exploring whether their skills and interests align with the needs of the DC State Fair are invited to apply to the Board of Directors at any time by filling out this form. Please email board@thedcstatefair.org with any questions.

Current Members (2020)

Hiba Ahmed. Hiba is an Attorney-Advisor at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Although she is originally from Chicago, she has been living in Washington, D.C., for nearly five years. As a self-described professional coffee drinker, Hiba enjoys spending her limited free time with a hot cup of coffee and a snack from a restaurant on her never-ending restaurants-to-try list. Hiba is excited to help showcase the talents of her community. Contact Hiba.

Katelynd Anderson. Katelynd is a fundraising professional who lives in Ward 8. She describes herself as “Decidedly D.C.,” having decided to live in the District from the time she first visited at the age of 12. Originally from a small town in New Hampshire, she finally moved to D.C. in 2007 to attend college. When she is not at her day job, Katelynd is actively involved in a wide-array of D.C. nonprofits, combining her love of fundraising, writing and the District. She can be found on Instagram (@KatelyndDC) capturing the car-free life East of the River and other adventures with her husband Stephen and their rescue dogs, Seymour and Eliza. Contact Katelynd.

Melisa Augusto. Melisa was raised on a dairy farm in California’s Central Valley, and her passion for agriculture continued to grow through her involvement in 4-H and FFA – including entering livestock, craft, textile and food contests at her county and state fairs. Melisa holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and has built a career in agriculture communications, marketing and development. An avid marathoner, she prefers to explore the District on long training runs; follow along on Instagram (@melisaaugusto). Melisa has lived in the Logan Circle and Shaw neighborhoods for more than ten years. She is thrilled to bring together her passion for agriculture and food with her love for D.C. as a member of the board. Contact Melisa.

Regina Blye. Regina is a dynamic “Advocrat” committed to high-impact systems change. She targets public policy reform aimed at improving the quality of life for people with disabilities by removing barriers to education, employment, healthcare, transportation and housing. Her advocacy was noticed, and President Barack Obama appointed Regina to serve on the United States Access Board for two terms. As a board member, she was responsible for the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA). Regina moved from Austin, Texas, to Washington, D.C., two years ago to work for the federal government and to visit as many museums as possible. In Regina’s spare time, she rolls around looking for the best low carb sugar-free dishes served in the District. She also teaches Zumba and is a super competitive Boccia (Ba-chee) club player. Contact Regina.

Oana Leahu-Aluas. Oana first moved to the DC area from Romania in elementary school. After a lot of moving around (ask her where she’s from and expect a long pause), she came back to D.C. in 2009 and plans to stay put. She has worked in the environmental field her whole career, reducing waste, increasing renewable energy and now developing sustainable transportation solutions. Her hobby is constantly trying out new hobbies, from sangria making to storytelling, though there is nothing she enjoys more than whipping up a delicious cake. Passionate about reducing environmental impact and a lover of logistics, Oana looks forward to bringing you an exciting and sustainable DC State Fair. Contact Oana.

Jaime Loizzo. Jaime moved to Washington, D.C., to attend the Institute of World Politics, but when she realized all the city has to offer she decided to make it home. Jaime spends her weekends exploring the local restaurants and shops of D.C. and taking her bike Gwen out for a long ride on one of the nearby trails. Jaime is excited to help showcase to residence and visitors alike all the city has to offer, from its restaurants to its commitment to sustainability. Jaime lives in Southeast D.C. with her two cats who spend their days plotting to take over the world one nap at a time. Contact Jaime.

Erin Looney. Erin is a recovering broadcaster who now works in public relations. She is currently the entirety of the communications team at the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, a professor at UDC and Valencia College, a media consultant and an academic coach at Arkansas State University (and is singlehandedly keeping the local coffee roasters in business). When she somehow finds time to take in the beauty of D.C., she can be found at a Nats game lounging in the Diamond Club, trying a new restaurant or bar, dragging friends to the National Press Club or lost in Rock Creek Park with her best friend Dusty Lebron, her Italian greyhound (who has his own hashtag on Instagram #RockCreekDusty). She also fancies herself an amateur chef and will be glad to feed you any time. Erin fled Florida in 2017 when she realized it was the only way she’d ever see seasons other than summer, more summer and “that one day when we needed a jacket.” Contact Erin.

Andrew McCarthy-Clark. Andrew is a proud resident of Southwest D.C., where he lives with his wonderful husband, Matthew, and two handsome dogs. He is the Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving at the American University Washington College of Law. He is a native of Tennessee and a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Go Mocs!). He is currently pursuing an M.S. in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University. Andrew enjoys exploring DC, traveling, learning Latin and reading. Contact Andrew.

Amber McClay. Amber is a creative, an event strategist and an organizational enthusiast. Amber has had diverse experience living across the continental U.S. but feels lucky to call Chinatown, D.C., home. She serves as the Assistant Director for Student-Alumni Engagement at American University. Prior to AU, Amber was the Coordinator for Student Programming at Virginia Commonwealth University. Amber holds an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The University of Mississippi and a B.A. in Elementary Education from Purdue University. Amber serves as the Webmaster and Social Media Chair for the Purdue Alumni Club of DC and volunteers with the American Red Cross and Miss District of Columbia. Amber and her husband, Cameron, live with their dog, Jackson, and enjoy taking advantage of D.C.’s many dog friendly areas. Contact Amber.

Jon Weakley. Jon is our secret weapon. Contact Jon.