Sam Nejabat is the next generation of leadership. Born in San Diego and brought up by two hard-working parents, Sam prioritizes public service, humanitarianism and providing opportunities for all to succeed.
In 2019, Gavin Newsom appointed Sam to the Board overseeing the Del Mar Fairground. “Sam isn’t waiting around to find a solution to a problem. He sees people with real needs and moves to help them!” - Gov. Newsom
Having worked in humanitarian missions around the world, Sam Nejabat understands that people, regardless of their background, deserve basic human rights such as access to affordable housing, food and job opportunities.
Sam's parents escaped persecution in 1979 where they began a new life of service, sacrifice and hard work. Sam understands that when we embrace diversity, we bring out the best in each other.
Sam Nejabat is a successful businessman and humanitarian who grew up in San Diego, attended UC Berkeley (BA), Dartmouth College (MA), and received his JD from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Sam worked in the Obama Administration and is presently the President of SJN Properties.
Gavin Newsom recently formally appointed Sam to the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development as well as the San Diego County Fair Board of Directors. Sam is the son of immigrants who came to the US in 1979, fleeing persecution. When Sam's parents arrived in the United States, they had less than $1,000 in their pockets, yet with hard work and determination, both attended medical school. His parents achieved the American Dream of a comfortable life for themselves and a promising future for their son.
Sam is also the founder of the LN Foundation, which has recently focused on addressing the issue of homelessness by providing aid, customized LN Foundation backpack homeless kits, and by partnering with local shelters and community centers.
Sam was a five-month summer intern to former Senator Barbara Boxer and worked in the White House during the Obama administration in 2015.
"My focus is on people. Many people in our communities aren't given a true opportunity to succeed. As a son of a real-life American success story, my parents have instilled in me the value in giving back to my community. I'm blessed to have a successful business career and want to use my success and experience to help others."