Meet Our Staff

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.

Bho & David

Year-Round Market Crew

Bho and David, or David and Bho? Find Bho (he/him) and David (he/him) each walking through the 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. They have seen many iterations of the market: pre-2020 liveliness, the darkest moments of 2020, and now the emergence of familiar faces again despite the global pandemic.

Eamon

Accounting and Office Manager

Bio coming soon!

Helena

Community Engagement Manager

Helena (she/they) is the Community Engagement Manager for Portland Farmers Market. Her hometown of Chicago and large family fostered a love of food and how it connect us as humans and neighbors. While studying international relations and economics in Minneapolis, she started a food pantry at her college after seeing how much of the community was struggling with access. Since then, she’s lived and learned in Namibia, D.C., Denver, Hawaii, and Eugene working in various facets of the food system. Her experience in sustainable agriculture, food justice, grassroots organizing, and nutrition education has shown the many ways that we can dream up a more holistic and joyful food system. Helena is inspired by democratic workplaces and collective management structures, and believes that when power is shared the best decisions are made.

Nowhere has felt more at home than Oregon, and she’s excited to be part of an organization that connects us to food and each other. When not in the office, you can find Helena crafting, cooking, frolicking with her chihuahua, and binge-watching trash TV.

Katy

Executive Director

Katy (she/her) is a seasoned nonprofit executive with a passion for sustainable agriculture, equitable food access, and environmental justice. To Portland Farmers Market 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 Portland Farmers Market’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 and specializes in vendor and business support at PFM. She was raised in a small town outside of Portland and has been volunteering and working at events since she was 10 years old. Collegiate athletics and desire to work in healthcare, took her to Northern Idaho and the Northeast where she obtained a degree in Health Sciences. After taking time to travel and explore, she found herself drawn back to the lush and mossy PNW. Her passion for equitable food access, nutrition & food justice and her year of service as a AmeriCorps Nutrition Educator brought her to Portland Farmers Market. 

As a market manager, she brings energy & enthusiasm to the market spaces. Her goal is to continue helping PFM work towards a prosperous local food system that supports a 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, having random dance parties, experimenting as a new home gardener, avidly bike commuting, running trails, foraging, climbing mountains, and enjoying workouts that include way too many burpees.

Sarah

Accounting and Administrative Assistant

Sarah (she/her) is the Accounting and Administrative Assistant at Portland Farmers Market. She is a native Texan that at eighteen fled to the east coast as she was desperate for genuine seasons. After earning her degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and working in Higher Education Administration, she decided to shift gears in order to fully embrace her true passion of food. This shift brought her to Portland in 2015 to attend Oregon Culinary Institute where she earned a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts and Restaurant Management. While baking professionally in Portland, she continued her education at Portland State University earning a graduate certificate in Sustainable Food Systems. She is thrilled to be joining the Portland Farmers Market team in their mission of growing an equitable, healthy, and sustainable local food system.

When not excelling at spreadsheets, she enjoys cooking with and for loved ones, exploring the natural wonders of the PNW and staring lovingly at other people’s dogs.

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).