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 and artistic talents. Candidates for the Board of Directors should:

  • Reside in Washington, DC.
  • 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

Andre Adeyemi. Andre is the assistant to the President & CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund and Victory Institute and Board Liaison; an organization devoted to getting more LGBTQ people elected to office in all levels of government. Originally from Providence, R.I., Andre has spent many years in the great state of Indiana (where 4-H fairs run wild). He is a graduate of Wabash College, worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., and as Interim Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor of South Bend, Ind. In addition to being involved in politics, Andre enjoys his neighborhood of Petworth, working out and complaining about the weather. As a resident of D.C. for the past six years, Andre (and his loving boyfriend Dr. Business) look forward to levering relationships for a more inclusive community state fair. Contact Andre.

Katelynd Anderson. Katelynd Anderson is a fundraising professional who describes herself as Decidedly DC, 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 the District in 2007 to attend college. When she is not at her “day job”, Katelynd is actively involved in the Southwest neighborhood, as well as a wide-array of DC non-profits, combining her love of fundraising, writing, and the District. She can be found on Instagram (@KatelyndDC) capturing the famous SWDC sunsets and other adventures with her husband Stephen and their rescue dog, Seymour. 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 the District as a member of the board. Contact Melisa.

Regina Blye. Regina Blye 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.

Nicole Buell. Originally hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Nicole has lived in DC for 9 years, although her sadness at being so far from Eastern BBQ has not waned over the years.  Nicole has a background in environmental policy and works for the federal government, upholding liberty and justice for all within the regional electricity markets of the Northeast.  Outside of work, Nicole lives in Columbia Heights with her food motivated cat, Baxter, where she enjoys  working on her urban veggie garden (@buellfarmdc) and experimenting with how to fit as many DC activities as possible into one day. Contact Nicole.

H M Carter. Heather Carter moved to Washington, DC, from New Haven to study at Center for Movement Theatre in Tenleytown. In her six years in DC, “Carter” has lived in Petworth, Cleveland Park, Kalorama, Brookland, and Capitol Hill–and has loved getting to know all of them. She finds that her frequent pet-sitting gigs are a good way to explore DC’s neighborhoods and find their hidden delights. Carter works as a Teaching Artist for Prince George’s County’s mobile arts unit and at DC’s first post-prohibition distillery. You’ll also find her on the campus of Adelphi Friends Meeting, where she is a part-time facilities manager. She has worked on farms, in higher education, as a lighting designer, and as a puppet wrangler on touring shows overseas. In all things, she’s a stubborn Purveyor of Improbabilities, attempting to incorporate the Imaginative into Everyday Life. DC murals put a big smile on her face, and she has a yen for the alt culture of DC in the 80s and 90s. She’s also a new bicyclist, and you can spot her on her granny bike trying to hold it all together. Contact Carter.

Phyllis Davis. Phyllis Davis was born and raised in the Brookland neighborhood in Northeast DC. She also lived 17 winters in Chicago,Il and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn,New York. She also has her real estate license in DC.
She has an extensive background in volunteering with the White House, the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Easter Egg Roll events. She is also a member of the Unity Healthcare Community Advisory Board. Contact Phyllis.

Jen Dickman. Jen works as a senior program associate for a DC nonprofit organization, where she does research and policy analysis to advocate for safer chemicals in consumer products. In her free time, she volunteers with the Zero Waste Committee in the Washington, DC Chapter of the Sierra Club, and was the chair of the committee from September 2014 through October 2017. In 2017, she was a Sustainable DC Ambassador. She also enjoys baking and eating, and plays tennis to balance it out. Jen has lived in the Washington, DC area since 2010, and in Van Ness since 2012. Contact Jen.

Mike Greene. Contact Mike.

Jaime Loizzo. Jaime Loizzo 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. New to the board this year Jaime is excited to help showcase to residence and visitors 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.

Anne Maassen. Anne is a researcher at an environmental think tank, with a passion for sustainable urban transformation. She settled down in the H Street corridor a few years ago, with partner, baby, and a square foot garden. A gentle blend of European (con)fusion, she is French-German by nationality, grew up in Belgium, and lived in the UK for almost a decade. She’s hooked on new experiences, be they new destinations explored on foot, horseback, or by car; bright and unexpected colors on a canvas, and most of all meeting new people including through volunteering at various DC events. Contact Anne.

Andrew McCarthy-Clark. Andrew is a proud resident of Southwest DC where he lives with his wonderful husband 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. Contact Andrew.