our board of directors

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MANUEL ANGEL

President

District 1 - Joined Board in 2018

Manuel was born and raised in Vallejo and currently works as the Digital Marketing Coordinator for Visit Vallejo, the city's destination marketing organization.  With years of mixed experience in advertising, marketing, IT and hospitality, coupled with an optimistic and youthful eye towards the future of Vallejo, Manuel hopes to use these talents to aid in the further development and success of the Solano County Fairgrounds.  He strives to bring the same passion that he brings to his community activities to his service on the SCFA Board.

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VALERIE WILLIAMS

Treasurer

District 5 - Joined Board in 2020

Valerie is a Solano County native and was raised on the family ranch in Vacaville.  For the past 25 years, she has been employed by the University of California in the division of Agriculture and Natural Resources as the Solano County 4-H Program Representative.  Her career and personal endeavors have given Valerie extensive experience in youth development, volunteer management and community outreach.  She is excited to further utilize these skills and strengths in her volunteer role with the SCFA Board. 

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MIKE COAKLEY

Board Member

District 1 - Joined Board in 2020

Mike has an extensive background as a Property Manager in Vallejo and Benicia giving him an in-depth knowledge of the community, both new and old.  Prior to property management, Mike spent over forty five years in the telecommunications industry.  He has been actively involved with several boards, commissions and philanthropic organizations including Rotary Clubs, the United Way and the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce.  Mike resides in Vallejo with his wife, enjoys playing golf and maintains an active interest in communications.

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LEE WILLIAMS

Board Member

District 5 - Joined Board in 2013

Lee was born and raised in Birds Landing near Rio Vista.  He has served over 40 years as a volunteer with the Montezuma Hills and Rio Vista Fire Departments and is currently a Captain for the Montezuma Hills Fire District.  Lee has been actively involved as a community volunteer with numerous organizations, including serving on the board of the River Delta Unified School District.  Lee and his wife opened Williams Mobile Service in 2001 and expanded their business in 2007 with the addition of Rio Vista Tire to further serve the needs of the community.

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KARI BIRDSEYE

Vice President

District 2 - Joined Board in 2017

Kari is a resident of Benicia and is actively involved in many community activities including serving as the current Chair of the Benicia Planning Commission.  She has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State and a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco.  Kari is currently a communications consultant who enjoys tackling complicated subject matter and making it accessible to a broad audience.  She calls herself a "recovering journalist"  as she is a life-long student, curious and addicted to current events.

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CAROLE PATERSON

Immediate Past President

District 2 - Joined Board in 2012

Carole has lived her entire life in Solano County and currently resides in Fairfield.  She has several memories of her volunteer work at the Fairgrounds over the years including in the late 1950's leading tours of the American Red Cross' bomb shelter constructed on site at the Fairgrounds to sooth Cold War jitters.  Carole retired in 2011 from her position as Director of the University of California's Cooperative Extension department in Solano County.  She served the bulk of her 35-year career there as the 4H Youth Development Advisor and served as the department head at the end of her tenure.

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NORMA PLACIDO

Board Member

District 1 - Joined Board in 1997

Norma lives in Vallejo and is very active in the community.  She was recognized as "One of the Most Influential Women in the World" by the Filipina Women's Network, whose mission is to "position Filipina women as economic and social contributors to the global workplace."  Norma has distinguished herself as a leader of the Filipino Community of Solano County, having served several years as its President.  She has been involved in countless and diverse charitable, humanitarian and cultural projects which have enriched the community and the county.

Wednesday

December 2

6:00 p.m.

LIVESTOCK & EXHIBITS MEETING

Location:  Teleconference via Zoom - Link Click Here

Tuesday

December 15

9:30 a.m.

FINANCE MEETING

Location:  Teleconference via Zoom - Link TBD

Wednesday

December 16

6:00 p.m.

REGULAR MEETING

Location: Teleconference via Zoom - Link TBD

UPCOMING MEETINGS

BOARD PACKETS