Foundation welcomes director

The Del Mar Foundation now has a new leader. As of Dec. 1, Maile D’Arcy has taken over as the new director, a post that’s been vacant since May. She said she is committed to carrying on the foundation’s mission to promote civic pride, acquire and preserve open space, improve beaches and parks, and sponsor diverse cultural programs and community events in Del Mar.

“The foundation’s been here for 26 years, it’s not going anywhere,” D’Arcy said. “I look forward to the next 26 years and I hope to be a part of that.”

D’Arcy, whose first name is pronounced My-lee, was born in Honolulu. She has lived in Del Mar for six years and frequently volunteered at the foundation. For the last 12 years, she has served as the program administrator for the Gould Family Foundation, founded by her grandfather in the 1970s.

“You feel good about what you do for a living,” D’Arcy said of working with the foundation.

D’Arcy has lived most of her life in California, mainly in the Los Angeles area until she found a great home in Del Mar. She said she loves the location, the beach and especially the people.

“They’re so diverse. You just never know who you’re going to run into,” D’Arcy said.

While the foundation has been around a long time, D’Arcy said many people aren’t aware of everything it does.

The foundation funded the San Dieguito Lagoon restoration project, the library wall beautification project and the new succulent garden for students at Del Mar Heights School. Its community and cultural events are almost always sold out, including last week’s First Thursday Pacific Coast Harmony concert.

The foundation is also behind the popular summer Twilight Concert Series, and children’s events like Marine Exploration Day and the upcoming “Christmas Carol” performance, in which a professional theater group will offer a free performance for children at the Powerhouse next week.

By donating to the foundation, residents keep great programs and events going, D’Arcy said. It’s her job to make sure fundraising stays strong.

“For me it’s a no brainer,” D’Arcy said. “Our donations and our support make a huge impact and bring joy to the community.”

D’Arcy said the foundation is looking to improve its communication with the community and asks that people visit the Web site to join a mailing list. The Web site also offers an easy way to make a donation.

To learn more or make a donation, visit D’Arcy welcomes input at