Gov. Jerry Brown appointed former Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu and Encinitas farmer Pierre Sleiman to the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board of Directors on Feb. 27.
A Del Mar resident for more than 30 years, Haydu, 66, was elected to the Del Mar City Council in 2010. She served as mayor of the city from 2013 to 2014 and deputy mayor the previous year.
“I’m honored to be appointed by the governor,” said Haydu, who while on the council, served as a council liaison to the 22nd District Agricultural Association Community Relations Committee. Council members from Del Mar and Solana Beach, and representatives from the district sit on the committee.
“It’s a great honor.”
A Georgia native, Haydu earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Augusta College, now known as Georgia Regents University. For 10 years, Haydu lived in New York, where she was a sales representative at LXR Medical Supplies from 1985 to 1987, at Konica Medical Corporation from 1983 to 1985, and at Cambridge Medical Instruments from 1980 to 1982. She was a senior staff technologist at Saint Vincent Hospital from 1970 to 1980.
Haydu relocated to Del Mar with her late husband, Dr. Paul Haydu. In Del Mar, Haydu was a stay-at-home mother, raising two daughters. She also became active in the community, serving on the Del Mar San Dieguito Lagoon Committee and the Del Mar Heights Elementary Site Council. She is currently a member of Run Women Run and the Del Mar Garden Club.
“I understand the mission statement of the district, but I’m also committed to the mission of the surrounding cities,” said Haydu, who is moving to Solana Beach at the end of March. “Being part of the community relations committee, I saw that we could work together.”
In September, prior to Haydu’s departure from the council, council members recommended she serve on the board of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds.
At that time, Deputy Mayor Al Corti, now mayor of Del Mar, said Haydu possessed the “background, qualifications, and needed insight to represent the local communities and the broader San Diego region as a whole” on behalf of the council in a letter council members agreed to send to Sacramento.
“As a City Council member since 2010, and a resident of Del Mar for 28 years, Mayor Haydu has been actively involved in city and regional issues,” Corti said in the letter. “She understands the importance of effectively managing this important regional asset.”
Brown’s other appointee, Sleiman, 28, has been the founder and chief executive officer at Go Green Agriculture Inc. since 2009. He is also a member of the San Diego County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. Sleiman earned a master’s in business administration from the University of California, San Diego Rady School of Management.
The two new board members will replace David Lizerbram, who stepped down last month when his term ended, and Adam Day, who submitted his letter of resignation on Feb. 27.
Day had previously served as president of the 22nd District Agricultural Association Board, and was appointed last year by Brown to the California State University Board of Trustees. He also chairs San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer's task force on the new Chargers stadium.