Congratulations to Stephanie Zelei named Executive Director for Carmel Mission Foundation. Stephanie served as National Sales Manager for the Pebble Beach Company, overseeing business development and lead generation for their Sales team and tournament office. She graduated from Carmel High School in 1995.

In this position, Stephanie will lead the role the Carmel Mission Foundation plays in preservation and restoration of the historic Carmel Mission through fundraising and a member of the Preservation Team, working closely with the community of Carmel, the Parish, the Diocese of Monterey, and the architects, artisans, contractors, docents, and generous donors, all of whom make critical restoration efforts possible. Ms. Zelei takes over leadership of the Foundation following Vic Grabrian, who served for nine years prior to his retirement at the end of June 2018. 

Stephanie’s commitment to our community has involved event organization, sponsorships and hospitality sales, and donor contributions to benefit local charities such as the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Boys and Girls Club, American Red Cross, Best Buddies, and the Salvation Army. Stephanie is an avid golfer, Plein Air artist, and a volunteer coach for Carmel Youth Baseball.

For more information, contact the Carmel Mission Foundation at, P.O. Box 221351, Carmel, CA 93922. (831) 624- 3261.

About the Carmel Mission Foundation

The Carmel Mission Foundation was founded in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is independent from any religious organization. Its purpose is to fund the restoration and maintenance of the historic Carmel Mission structures, the art and artifacts housed there, and to ensure their preservation. Learn more online at

The Carmel Mission (Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Rio Carmelo) was founded in 1771 and served as the headquarters for the California Mission System. It is the repository of generations of culture, tradition and history, as well as a highly significant part of California’s heritage. The Mission is a major tourist attraction and a significant economic engine for the Monterey Peninsula.