Staff

Portland Farmers Market is managed and operated by a dedicated, year-round staff. Full-time staff members are assisted by a seasonal crew and wonderful volunteers.
Full-time staff members are listed here, in alphabetical order by last name.

Lexi Courtney

Assistant Market Manager

Lexi (she/her) is the on-site coordinator and vendor liaison for our Kenton Farmers Market.  Lexi was raised in a small town just outside the Portland metro area. Collegiate athletics took her to Northern Idaho and then to the Northeast where she received her degree in Health Science. Unsure of next steps, she upped and left for several months on a backpacking journey to taste and embrace the diverse agricultural landscapes and food scene of SE Asia. A love of the lush and mossy PNW eventually brought her back to Portland, where a passion for food justice and equitable food access landed her at the Clark County Food Bank as an AmeriCorps Nutrition Educator. Now working for PFM, she’s excited to continue creating a prosperous local food system that supports diversity of shoppers, connects eaters to nutritionally dense food all while helping small farmers and producers thrive. When she’s not bouncing around markets, you’ll find her getting creative with vegetables saved from the compost bin, experimenting as a new home gardener, avidly bike commuting, running trails, and enjoying workouts that include way too many burpees.

Ada Harris 

Assistant Market Manager

Ada (she/her) is the on-site coordinator and vendor liaison for our King Farmers Market.  Ada grew up in inner NE Portland immersing herself in urban agriculture by growing tomatoes and raising chickens. From there, she studied at the University of Wyoming and obtained a BS in Agroecology with minors in Horticulture, Soil Science, and Sustainability while volunteering with ACRES Student Farm, participating on the soil judging team, and traveling to Kenya to meet and learn from smallholder farmers in the Rift Valley. 

Since college, she has worked in the hops, craft beer, and ornamental plant industries in the PNW and is excited to bring her passion for local food to the PFM community. Ada loves seeing relationships grow between customers and vendors at the farmers markets around Portland and is excited to continue fostering those connections at PFM. In her free time, you can find Ada propagating her houseplants, hiking around Mt. Hood, and finding new dishes to cook with her farmers market haul.

Amber Holland

Operations Director

Amber (she/her) is the on-site coordinator and vendor liaison for our PSU Farmers Market.  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 director she oversees the operations of our five 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.  In addition to her passion for well curated markets and rain gear, she is particularly proud of PFM’s progress in reducing waste and creating inclusive community gathering spaces for Portland residents and visitors.

 

Courtney Jackson

Accounting & Office Assistant

Originally from the West, pausing in the Great Plains, conducting her formative years in the Midwest, briefly running away overseas, and returning to the states by way of the Northeast MidAtlantic – Courtney (she/her) has at long last made her way to the illustrious, temperate, dreamy-green Pacific Northwest (finally!), driving deep stakes into the ground of the amazingly lovable city of Portland, Oregon. Instilled with a passion for social- and food-justice, a toe-dip into theater and film-making, and an appreciation for eco and food centered subjects – she has found herself in the last ten years or so, studying, working professionally, and passionately volunteering all across the foodscape – from foodservice, nutrition, and farming, to local food distribution and anti-hunger work. She’s always interested in nerding-out about longevity research, nutrition, regenerative Ag, or the shifting paradigms of healthcare and other systems, going for a b/hike, and enjoying food with friends.

Katy Kolker

Executive Director

Katy (she/her) is a seasoned nonprofit executive with a passion for sustainable agriculture, equitable food access, and environmental justice. To PFM she brings fourteen years of director-level experience in nonprofit management, a depth of knowledge around local food systems, and a strong background in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within organizations and beyond. 

Katy is the founder of Portland Fruit Tree Project, where she served as executive director for 10 years. Most recently, she was executive director for Families for Climate, and Interim Executive Director for 350PDX. In addition, Katy has a background in community engagement, program development, agriculture, and advocacy through past work with Growing Gardens, Cully Farmers Market, WSU Extension, and the Portland/Multnomah Food Policy Council. Her work has earned her numerous awards, including the Skidmore Prize from Willamette Week and the Innovators award from 1000 Friends of Oregon. 

Katy was born and raised in Baltimore, and has lived in Portland for 19 years. When not working she enjoys spending time with her kids, and finds particular joy in gardening, biking, and exploring natural areas together.

Heather Morrill

Communications & Partnerships Manager

Heather (she/her) joined Portland Farmers Market in 2017 to contribute to the community in a new way. She brings with her 10 years’ experience working side-by-side with communities to bring stability, opportunity and inspiration to Portlanders. With a background in education and social services, Heather is proud to serve PFM’s vision to build, nourish and inspire community by providing access to farm-fresh food. She spent three seasons as our Community Engagement Manager before moving into her current hybrid role. When not working, Heather enjoys swimming, righteous sauna sessions and growing a single tomato plant each year, entirely for BLTs.

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Alodie Spires

Accounting Manager

Alodie (she/her) 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.

Kyrsten Williams

Market Manager 

Kyrsten (she/her) is the on-site coordinator and vendor liaison for our Shemanski and Lents International Farmers Markets.  Kyrsten grew up moving between the epic landscapes of California, Hawaii, and Washington, each of which helped foster a great sense of connection to the earth. Her slightly nomadic upbringing guided her to volunteer work abroad, which ultimately uncovered a passion for local food systems and food security that has now led her to work on farm, food, and anti-hunger projects in California, Oregon, Ecuador, Colombia, and Italy. Kyrsten received her degree in Geography with a minor in Sustainability and landed in Portland four years ago, drawn in by the lush forests, eco-friendly cityscape, and alternative lifestyles. She’s so proud to be aiding in PFM’s mission to create and maintain a more robust and equitable local food system in Portland. Outside of work you’ll often find Kyrsten gardening, tending to houseplants, camping, foraging, singing, dancing, and chatting people up on her front porch.