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
Pritha was born and raised in Portland and moved to Eugene, Oregon in high school. This is when she first fell in love with the world of local food and began traveling across the state working farmers markets. For the last 15 years, her work and passion have centered around the joy of growing, distributing, and sharing nutritious food in local communities. Having worked on production farms, with schools and food-justice non-profits, she is passionate about supporting a thriving market for growers and the local community.
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
Neil Anderson Jr.
August Burns (Vice Chair)
August (they/them) is a Portland metro native and has lived in Portland proper since 2007. Currently an operations project manager at Nike, August’s professional background is in community involvement and engagement, centering diversity, equity, and inclusion. Born to a long line of farmers and land stewards, August is a lifelong Girl Scout, food and environmental justice activist, and a former cook for food not bombs. They have many years of volunteering for organizations around town such as Friends of Trees, Portland Fruit Tree Project, People’s Food Coop, and more. A patron of HFM, August joined the board as Vice Chair in 2020 and is eager to combine their lived and professional experience in supporting the Market though its Community Engagement and Development committees.
Before coming to Portland in 2000, New Orleans native Steve Lasky worked for 9 years at the New Orleans Times Picayune as a photographer working in community reporting as well as technical fields such as architectural, medical, food, music, and cultural photography. Since coming to Portland he has worked many years as a volunteer for The HFM keeping things running and making a general nuisance of himself. He plays a few string instruments very, very badly.
Sarah is a water rights attorney and partner at Schroeder Law Offices, located in the Hollywood neighborhood of Portland. She spends her time professionally representing farmers, ranchers, special districts, utilities, municipalities, and other water users in the western United States. She enjoys cooking, baking, and paddling competitively on outrigger canoes and dragon boats, rain or shine. Sarah joined the Hollywood Farmers Market Board in 2020, she is a market shopper, and she is looking forward to supporting the Market through its Development and Staff committees.
Gus co-owns Naked Acres Farm, located in Beavercreek, with her wife Margo. Gus grew up in a ranching environment in Central Oregon, went away to the NAVY and school, then was drawn back to farming and her love of the Pacific Northwest. She studied soils in college and has worked in veterinary medicine for 20 years. Land stewardship and animal welfare are paramount to their farming operation in addition to community building and educating people on knowing where their food comes from. Gus comes to the board as a vendor which you can find at the Hollywood and Hillsdale Farmers Markets.
Dennis Martin (Chair)
Dennis is a Georgia Peach replanted in the Pacific Northwest, and has been shopping and vending (at Deep Roots Farm!) at the Hollywood Farmers Market since 2015. It’s one of his favorite things about this city. He has a background in plant care with a little farming thrown in, and a burning passion for food and its ability to bring folks together. Since fresh food makes the best food, it is IMPERATIVE that we empower our local food producers and their customers. When we come together we make a more resilient community and enrich each others’ lives. He looks forward to a productive and fun year of market shenanigans. See y’all at the market!
James currently works for Kaiser Permanente as Practice Director of Anesthesia and Radiology for the Portland region. Additionally, he teaches Healthcare Economics and other Healthcare courses at Mercy College of Ohio. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he received his A.B. (B.A.) from the University of Chicago concentrating in Biological Sciences. Then, in 2010 received his MBA from Loyola University Chicago concentrating in Economics and Healthcare Management, and in 2017, became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He truly believes that he is able to thrive in mind, body, and spirit by having really good work/life balance. He throws himself into his work, plays tons of sports (absolutely any sport), reads many interesting and uninteresting things, exercises, spends quality time filled with laughter with his family and friends, and offers his time to help others around him in various capacities – and most importantly he travels, travels, travels to experience and learn as much as he possibly can. He and his wife are very excited about the new adventures ahead of them here in the Portland area!
Claire McInerney (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.
Aaron Nichols (Treasurer)
Linda is a native Portlander. Her work career was with the Communications Workers of America, and now she is a frequent community volunteer. She serves on the board (and is a past President) of the Northeast Community Center, is a reader in the Smart program, and was formerly a CASA volunteer and delivered Meals on Wheels. At the farmers market she is a shopper, but would love to be a volunteer whenever needed.
Mary Lou Soscia
Mary Lou has had over forty years of experience with state, federal, and tribal government in watershed management. She has worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency for over 30 years leading water quality work efforts in the Columbia River Basin. Mary Lou has been a long time advocate and customer of the Hollywood Farmers Market for 20 years as an ardent supporter of local farms and local food. Mary Lou and her family live in Northeast Portland.
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 email@example.com.