The Hollywood Farmers Market has a 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, staff, vendor policy, fundraising/program development and finances. You are welcome to attend a meeting to see for yourself how this part of your market functions. Please contact the Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on how to become more involved.
Interested in joining the Hollywood Farmers Market Board of Directors? Fill out the application here: Board Application.
The deadline for applications is Monday, October 18th. The Board will invite candidates to an interview at the October 20th board meeting, and elections will take place that evening. New members will be seated effective January 1, 2022. Board meetings are always open to the public, so if you’re not sure whether the Hollywood Farmers Market board is right for you, please feel free to attend a meeting as a guest. Our next meeting is Wednesday, September 22nd, at Rose City Park Presbyterian church or on Zoom. 6:00 PM social half hour, meeting at 6:30. Any questions about the recruitment process or a request for the Zoom meeting link may be directed to board chair David Brown at email@example.com.
Alison DeLancey, MScN (Market Director)
Prior to joining HFM as Market Director in October 2020, Alison flexed her market muscle at Montavilla Farmers Market as Development Coordinator and Manager. Alison holds an M.S. in Nutrition and has shared her expertise in food systems as an educator and holistic nutritionist. Her training as a local food leader, advocacy work as a Hunger-Free Leadership Fellow, and lived experience of hunger give Alison a deep understanding of the intersection between economic marginalization, food security, and health outcomes. Alison believes every person should have access to local, seasonal, culturally appropriate food from their neighborhood farmers market!
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.
Ingrid Hayden (Token Program Assistant)
David Brown (Chair)
David relocated to Portland in 2015 from St. Petersburg, FL, to help his farmer-daughter, Lili Tova, out on her Flying Coyote Farm. Since then, he has traded his skills as a news and documentary cameraman for those of an itinerant farm laborer. In his second term on the board, he is particularly interested in helping the market address growing food insecurity issues: how do we help to bring locally and sustainably grown, organic food to underserved and economically insecure consumers and communities? After becoming a Pacific Northwesterner, David has taken up biking, white-water kayaking and complaining about lines at restaurants.
Alex Gund (Secretary)
TomiRene Hettman (Vice Chair)
Risa is a chef and writer living in Portland, Oregon. She is the owner/chef of Lepage Food & Drinks, a small food company featuring Jewish seasonal foods, offering delicious meal delivery, pop-ups, and catering. She is thrilled to be on the Board of the Hollywood Farmers Market after being a dedicated customer for many years. She lives with her wife Jamie, their cat Sylvia, and their new puppy Reuben (like the sandwich). When she’s not in the kitchen or at the market she can be found camping somewhere near water, gardening, hanging out with her chickens, or organizing food-based activist events through Queer Soup Night PDX.
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.
Jeanne joined the HFM board in the summer of 2020 after having been a regular customer for many years. An experienced organizer and communicator, Jeanne brings her expertise in the administrative dark arts to the board’s operations. Prior to moving to Portland, Jeanne worked in national politics and has applied that training to working in an equally political industry, academia. Jeanne has cultivated her interest in food over the last decade. She worked in bakery production in Pittsburgh, PA, was an extern at the OSU Food Innovation Center where she worked on product development, graduated from Oregon Culinary Institute, and is completing her M.S. in Food Systems & Society. Her capstone research focuses on how the concept of fear perpetuates labor exploitation.
Ramona has been a vendor at HFM for 16 years with Nourishment (the breakfast burrito booth), and has also been a vendor at other farmers markets, including Portland Farmers Market, Hillsdale, Peoples’ Coop and Milwaukie FMs. She has worked as a chef, chef instructor, and small business owner in Portland for 25 years, and is member of local food based organizations including Friends of Family Farmers and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs. Her business seeks to feed the “common human” with comforting foods that use as much locally obtained product as possible. She owns the cafe at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and really digs feeding creative types.