PFM Staff

Portland Farmers Market is managed and operated by our dedicated, year-round staff. Full-time staff are assisted with market-day operations by a seasonal crew and wonderful volunteers.

Amber Holland

Operations Manager

Amber was born and raised in the Willamette Valley and loves what this part of the world has to offer for food and play. As operations manager she oversees our seven markets. Amber began working with Portland Farmers Market in 2007 while attending graduate school at Portland State University, earning a Masters in Public Administration in 2009. Having worked in animal care and welfare for over 10 years, taking a job with Portland Farmers Market was exciting, rewarding and delicious. She prides herself on being more of a rain gear connoisseur than foodie and loves having a job that keeps her outside no matter what!

Anna Rose Springer

Market Coordinator

Anna Rose is market coordinator of the Kenton market, and onsite at PSU market as well as others throughout the season.  She hails from the Midwest, living in Ohio and Illinois before spending many years in Detroit, where she calls home.  Since moving to Portland she has fallen in love with the mountains, fresh air, and West Coast produce (namely a beautiful fig tree in her backyard!).  Anna Rose has held a variety of roles in the food system, from working on a small farm to owning a sorbet company to running a food business development organization in Detroit.  She loves the balance of outdoor physical work and bigger picture strategy that she finds at PFM.  When not flexing her muscles at market, you can find her making homemade sunscreen or tending to her unreasonable number of houseplants.

Mike Maxam

Market Coordinator

Mike is a market coordinator and unofficial “MacGyver” for the Pioneer Courthouse Square market, King Market, and on-site at the Portland State Market every Saturday. Mike was born and raised in Northern Indiana. After earning his bachelor’s degree at Miami University in Ohio, he stuck around and began working in outdoor recreation at the university. For 10 years prior to working for PFM, Mike taught outdoor education classes, lead international trips to New Zealand & Argentina, and managed a climbing wall. The only thing Mike loves more than the outdoors is food and cooking, which makes him a great fit for Portland Farmers Market. When he’s not fixing canopy tents downtown at a market, he’s usually baking something, fermenting something or fixing something on the truck.

Lisa Hall

Market Coordinator

Lisa grew up amongst the redwoods in Humboldt County, California. She relocated to Santa Cruz where she earned her degree in ecology and evolution. Lisa became immensely involved with her campus environmental organizations, being a sustainability events coordinator, working for their seed library, and teaching a class on sustainable agriculture. She fell in love with learning about local food systems and food access in the community. Interning at the Santa Cruz farmers market, Lisa worked on educational programs targeting children and nutrition. After graduating, she moved back up to the Pacific Northwest to continue her work with local agriculture. When she isn’t at a market, you’ll find Lisa working on her garden plot in Berryville community garden, eating chocolate, or dancing at funk night.

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Sydney Leonard

Program Manager

Sydney is dedicated to creating and coordinating on-site programs and events at all PFM market locations and to building relationships with diverse community groups to develop partnerships and attract shoppers. You can find her at our Kids Cook at the Market and Chef in the Market programs at our PSU market, Taste the Place at our King market during the summer, and many other programs and events. Growing up, Sydney didn’t stay in one place for long, calling a diverse array of places home, from Tegucigulpa, Honduras to Miami to Boston. It was a job she held during college working at a farm-to-table restaurant that introduced her to the bounty of local food communities. There she gained a love of cooking and a deep appreciation for farms and food producers which developed into a passion for food equity. After graduating from college in 2008, she headed west for an Americorps VISTA position promoting food security in Central Oregon. She’s been hooked on food and farms ever since, working as a food writer and farmers market manager, coordinating a volunteer-run food bank farm, running nutrition incentive programs at markets, and now calling PFM home. She never thought she’d be so lucky to have a job that involves taste-testing artisan food and farm products and coordinating fun food activities with kids all over the city!

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Haley Hessler

Project & Office Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Music Coordinator

Haley oversees many aspects of market and office management and coordination for PFM, including merchandise and the management of musicians, community groups, and volunteers.  Haley hails from Columbus, Ohio, and seeking somewhere new that would satisfy her desire to live in a place more suited to her lifestyle (and to get away from the terrible Midwest summers and winters), she moved to Portland after college.  In her time with PFM she has greatly strengthened her passion for supporting local agriculture and living sustainably.  In her free time she practices yoga, dances, acts, bikes, eats local and shops at the markets.

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Trudy Toliver

Executive Director

Trudy is a life-long Oregonian, environmentalist and leader. She believes that eating healthy food changes people lives. Her professional career has been all about sustainability. She built her management skills in public transit and with environmental groups. At TriMet, Portland’s transit district, she held several positions over 16 years in areas such as transit planning, community relations, and marketing. Her favorite “claim to fame” is having been TriMet’s liaison with the community to assure that bikes were welcome on buses and trains. Her final years there were spent on the leadership team as Executive Director of Human Resources. In 1999 Trudy shifted her career to environmental non-profits starting as Development Director at Friends of Virgin Islands National Park on St. John. After returning to Portland in 2002, she joined EarthShare Oregon as Executive Director, where she led a federation of 70 conservation groups for the purpose of fundraising in 100 Oregon public agencies and businesses. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Geography from Portland State University. She got her Master’s in Business with focus on organization development from Marylhurst University. Trudy teaches yoga and is a certified nutrition therapy practitioner.

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Kelly Merrick

Communications Manager

Kelly is a native of the Pacific Northwest and a self-proclaimed locavore and proponent of a sustainable lifestyle. She started volunteering for PFM in 2012 and has spent many hours in the Information Booth at the PSU Market, assisting with customer counts, special events and writing for PFM’s blog. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Linfield College and is excited to use her industry and volunteering experience to connect with PFM vendors, sponsors and the community. Kelly is a Master Recycler and enjoys any conversation that lets her talk to others about her love for the repurpose, reduce, reuse lifestyle. She lives in SW Portland with her husband Josh and when she is not at work or spending time with friends and family, she can almost always be found hanging out in the peace and quiet of her backyard.

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Alodie Spires

Accounting Manager

Alodie grew up in North County San Diego and later moved to San Francisco for cooler weather and vibrant city life. After seven years she wanted a more “livable city” and Portland, on a cool, grey and misty spring day seemed like just the place. And while she still loves those cool, grey days she has a new appreciation for the sun. Alodie has been involved in accounting work for over 20 years, satisfying the organized and meticulous side of her personality. She became PFM’s bookkeeper in 2008, and has many avocations including: singing, dancing, making art, and cooking. She also studied culinary arts at Western Culinary Institute in 2006. Alodie developed a love for locally grown produce while assisting her mother with an organic garden and several fruit trees. Some of her favorite farmer’s market finds are Yak bones for a wonderful bone broth, any sheep’s cheese and cherries.

Karen Wilson

Accounting Assistant

Born and raised on the East coast, Karen graduated from University of Maryland with a BS in Finance and an MPA from George Mason University in Virginia. After a career with the federal government based in Washington D.C., but intermittently living and traveling overseas, Karen made the professional transition to nonprofit finance and accounting. She and her husband relocated to Portland in 2013 to enjoy the great outdoors and unique Portland culture.