Our 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. Year-round staff members are listed here, in alphabetical order by first name.

Ada

Market Manager

Ada (she/her) is the market manager for the Lents International Farmers Market.  Ada grew up in inner NE Portland immersing herself in urban farming 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.

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

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.

 

Avery

Executive Assistant and Market Crew

Avery (they/them) is the Executive Assistant and a Market Crew Member at the PSU, King, and Shemanski Farmers Markets. They have worked in some aspect of the sustainable food system since 2015, when they began managing their university’s community garden and student farm programs. After graduating with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy, they managed food pantries and food share gardens. Eventually they moved to Portland to pursue a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership. They are passionate about creating a more equitable food system; and celebrating the diversity of people and food that comes with it.

In their free time, they have been enjoying everything that Portland has to offer while building community and exploring in nature. When given the opportunity, they can be found in the garden, on a hike, preserving food, playing Dungeons and Dragons, drawing, and getting way too excited about all things natural history.

 

Bho & David

Year-Round Market Crew

Bho and David, or David and Bho? Find Bho (he/him) and David (he/him) each walking through market putting up signs, re-distributing Durable Dining dishes to vendors, and lending a hand to vendors and shoppers throughout the day. Both David and Bho have worked at the PSU Farmers Market for years and have seen many iterations of the market – pre-2020 liveliness, the darkest moments of 2020 during, and now the emergence of familiar faces again despite the global pandemic.

 

Katherine

Market Accountant & Office Manager

Katherine (she/her) is the Market Accountant and Office Manager for PFM. She grew up in New Jersey moving to Washington, DC after grad school where she spent over ten years with a consulting firm performing accounting and contracting functions. After many years visiting family in the PNW, she decided 11 years ago to make it her home. Katherine developed a genuine appreciation for the development and support of local business and local makers as well as childhood nutrition and food security during her five years with a children and young adult program in Southern Haiti that focused on education, job skill development and food security. When not at work she enjoys wandering in nature with her camera, trying new recipes, thoroughly planning her next travel adventure and lavishing attention on her spoiled four-legged child.

Katy

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.

Kyrsten

Market Manager 

Kyrsten (she/her) is the market manager for the Shemanski Farmers Market.  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 in 2016, 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.

Lexi

Market Manager

Lexi (she/her) is the market manager for the King and Kenton Farmers Markets.  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.

Stephanie

Communications and Marketing Manager

Stephanie (she/her) brings her passion for local food sources & community and over two decades of marketing experience to her role at Portland Farmers Market. Calling Portland home for over 20 years now, Stephanie was raised in coastal San Diego, enjoyed an overabundance of locally grown avocados & citrus and learned an appreciation for all the ocean has to offer. She attended Humboldt State University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Art and experienced a farmers market for the first time, which sparked a lifelong interest in good, clean, and fair food for all. When she is not at work, Stephanie loves exploring the Pacific Northwest with her dog, drinking hoppy IPAs, and dabbling in the domestic sciences (cooking, baking, fermenting, preserving, knitting, sewing, and weaving).