The Hollywood Farmers Market has a 15-member volunteer board with a 3 year commitment. The board meets the third Wednesday of each month throughout the year. In addition to attending monthly meetings, board members participate in committees focused on marketing, long-term planning, staff, market site logistics and finances. You are welcome to attend a meeting to see for yourself how this part of your market functions. Please visit our volunteers page for details on how to become more involved.
Current Market Staff
Francesca Benedetti (Market Manager)
Ari Rosner (Market Coordinator)
Ari moved to Portland in 2008, and immediately looked for a farmers market near his Northeast neighborhood. He found Hollywood Farmers Market, and began volunteering weekly in the information booth. A couple years later, a staff position opened up and he came on board as the Community Volunteer Coordinator (later Market Coordinator). Over the years, the farmers market community has taken on a central place in his life, and every week he looks forward to seeing old friends and meeting new people. Outside of the market, he works as a contract bookkeeper for small non-profits, and enjoys most of the usual Portland hobbies: cycling, hiking, cooking, and gardening.
Current Board Members
David relocated to Portland in 2015 from St. Petersburg, Florida, to help out his farmer-daughter, Lili Tova. Since then, he has traded his skills as a news and documentary cameraman for those of an itinerant farm laborer. He can be found most Tuesdays at the Flying Coyote Farm booth at the Lloyd Farmers Market, helping bring tasty food to smart shoppers. He is particularly interested in helping to bring locally and sustainably grown, organic food to underserved consumers and communities. Since becoming a Pacific Northwesterner, David has taken up biking, white-water kayaking and complaining about lines at restaurants.
With a background in management at Portland’s locally owned New Seasons Market Claudia is poised to be an enthusiastic and engaging member of the Hollywood Farmers Market team. Her love of fresh local food brought her to the market in the summer of 2014 as a volunteer and she quickly became so involved that she is not only a board member but went on to work for our vendor Persephone Farms. On market days you can often find her wandering around exploring her love of berries and cheese. Feel free to approach her with any food related questions, she love to talk about food and you are bound to have a lively conversation.
Kristine Falletta Abraldes (Chair)
Kristine can’t get enough of the bounty of Portland’s nearby farms. As an avid home cook and gardener, she finds the Farmers Market a perfect way to supplement a her vegetable-based lifestyle. In the summer, you’ll find her knee deep in vegetables in her kitchen or primping her front yard veggie garden. Kristine enjoys anything that brings her closer to her food’s roots (literally!)
Kristine is excited to contribute to Hollywood & Lloyd Farmers Market community. Upon joining the board in January 2016, she looks forward to engaging with the community, sharing a love of local food, and promoting sustainable practices. Kristine comes to the market with a background in managing sustainability programs involved with electric energy use, and is excited to merge her passion for sustainability with her love of nourishing food.
TomiRene Hettman (Secretary)
Claire joined the board in 2018 after enjoying her volunteer shifts at the market. She comes from a long line of cooks and foodies who have fresh vegetables and fruits as mainstays on the family table. Claire is an enthusiastic supporter of organic and family-owned farms, having been an active member of food coops in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey. She’s an educator and researcher who has studied information issues around food, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture. She enjoys whipping up new recipes using ingredients from the markets, and she creates Japanese Ikebana flower arrangements with the beautiful flowers available at HFM. Claire is thrilled to be working with the smart, fun, and hard working board members and staff of the Hollywood Farmers Market and is currently helping to support their work through the Development and Marketing committees.
Beth A. Rubin is a new resident of Portland, a new member of the board after a season of volunteering, and a long-time visitor and fan of Portland’s farmers markets (all farmers markets actually). After a few weeks of hanging around her sister’s booth at the market, Rubin decided she might as well do something useful and started volunteering. Despite not enjoying gardening, and having no experience with farms, when a position on the board opened up she decided to apply and now serves on the Development and Vendor Committees. Her past life as the Director of a Public Policy PHD program and academic researcher focused on inequality made her particularly appreciative of the Hollywood and Lloyd Farmers Markets’ deep commitment to providing people, no matter their economic status, access to high-quality food via the SNAP Match program. She is eager to participate in and contribute to the HFM – plus she loves all the wonderful produce!
Beth Wilmart (Vice Chair)
Beth Wilmart joined the board in January 2017, after ten years of nearly weekly excursions to both the Hollywood and Lloyd Farmers markets. She is an avid plant-based home cook and wishes she liked to garden. She is forever grateful to the farmers who supply us all with fresh produce! Beth currently serves on the board’s staff and development committees, and her day job is Senior Strategic Business Consultant with Kaiser Permanente. She lives at the midpoint between the two markets, with her husband, two kids, and two pugs.
Interested in joining the Hollywood Farmers Market Board of Directors?
Fill out the application here: Board Application
For more information about the Board, please contact the Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.