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.

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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.

Amber Holland

Operations Director

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 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.

 

David Oberstein

Market Manager

David grew up in a rural part of NW New Jersey where he developed an appreciation for open space and farming. He spent a few years working on diversified vegetable farms, both as a grower and as an educator. This helped him to understand the difficulties associated with food production, but the overwhelming joy that comes along with it. His love of agriculture pushed him to pursue a graduate degree in Agricultural Economics in 2014, which deepened his passion for local food systems and their impact on building community. In his free time, David loves chasing waterfalls, baking cookies, and fermenting anything that he feels isn’t cultured enough.

Heather Morrill

Communications & Partnerships Manager

Heather 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 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 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.

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 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.