Staff | CUESA

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market »

Sat 8am–2pm | Tue & Thu 10am–2pm | SF

Jack London Square Farmers Market »

Sun 9am–2pm | Oakland

Staff

Meet the people who run CUESA’s programs and operate the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. Click here to meet CUESA’s Board of Directors »

Administrative Staff

Marcy Coburn, Executive Director

Marcy is responsible for managing CUESA’s overall operations and performance, implementing policies and deliverables set by the Board of Directors and leading CUESA to achieve annual goals and objectives. Previously Marcy was the Executive Director of the Food Craft Institute, a professional development institution that conducts hands-on training programs and events for food entrepreneurs including the Eat Real Festival, and Communications Director for the Ecological Farming Association. Marcy is an avid home cook and do-it-yourself fermenter and has been perfecting her kombucha recipe for several years. Marcy grew up in California’s San Joaquin Valley in a farming family and has a large urban garden in the backyard of her North Oakland home.
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marcy@cuesa.org

Christine Farren, Director of Development

Christine Farren organizes our fundraising events, annual appeal and annual reports, and sponsorship programs. Christine feels that shopping at a farmers market is one of the most life affirming and community building activities possible, and enjoys interfacing with numerous members of the food community here in San Francisco. She holds a BA in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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christine@cuesa.org

Cindy Mendoza, Volunteer & Special Projects Coordinator

Cindy manages volunteers, coordinates special projects, and provides administrative support to CUESA. Previously a culinary volunteer and currently a salesperson for Heirloom Organic Gardens, she loves being a part of the market community. Her nonprofit experience includes organizing the Filipino Flavors symposium with Asian Culinary Forum, fundraising at Glide Foundation, and apprenticing at Hayes Valley Farm. She earned a BA in Design of the Environment from University of Pennsylvania. She’ll never forget her summer job at a local family farmstand, pulling dewy Silver Queen corn from the stalks and selling it the same day.
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cindy@cuesa.org

Brie Mazurek, Marketing & Communications Manager

Brie oversees communications, marketing initiatives, and PR for CUESA, including social media campaigns and strategic partnerships. Previously, she has worked as a cookbook editor, apprenticed on an organic vegetable farm, and helped launch the youth food education initiative Nourish. In addition to amplifying the inspiring stories of our local food community through her work at CUESA, she enjoys discovering new and delicious flavors at the farmers market and dabbling in fermentation projects at her home in Oakland.
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brie@cuesa.org

Kayla Abe, Marketing & Event Coordinator

Kayla coordinates fundraising events and supports marketing initiatives for CUESA’s farmers markets and educational programs. A San Francisco native, Kayla developed her love for food and agriculture through her family’s long history of produce farming and brokerage in the Salinas Valley and East Bay. She believes sustainable food systems are integral to building a healthy, thriving community, and is thrilled to be in a position where her passions and work overlap. Kayla is a graduate of Vassar College, with a B.A. in Geography and a minor in Urban Studies.
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kayla@cuesa.org

Education Staff

Julie Cummins, Director of Education

Julie oversees CUESA’s education department, focusing on program development, planning, grant writing, and bringing learning opportunities to all aspects of CUESA’s work. She came to CUESA in 2005 with more than 10 years of experience leading education programs, most recently for Greenbelt Alliance. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC Berkeley and is certified in permaculture design and as an Alameda County Master Composter. She lives in Oakland and is a member of the Oakland Food Policy Council. One of her goals is to learn to genuinely love every fruit and vegetable in the farmers market, and she only has a few left to go.
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julie@cuesa.org 

Carrie Sullivan, Culinary Programs Manager

Carrie coordinates our in-market weekly cooking programs and monthly seasonal celebrations, as well as the culinary components of  major fundraising events such as Summer Celebration and Sunday Supper. She has worked as a culinary instructor, a catering director, a private chef, a specialty foods retail manager, and a restaurant manager, among other things. She received her formal culinary education at New England Culinary Institute. She has been thrilled to call the San Francisco Bay Area, with its amazing bounty of organic produce, her home since 1996.
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carrie@cuesa.org

Katie Lauter, Market Programs Coordinator

Katie coordinates our Jack London Square Farmers Market cooking programs, tastings, and seasonal celebrations. She also works as a professional baker in the city and has previously enjoyed volunteering on farms and for a kids gardening organization. Katie holds a BA from UCLA in Geography/Environmental Studies and French. From her Oakland base, she enjoys writing, cooking, hiking, and exploring all food the Bay Area has to offer.

Tessa Kappe, Education Program Coordinator

Tessa coordinates Foodwise Kids, Schoolyard to Market, and The Food Shed educational programs. She has worked as an outdoor educator throughout the Bay Area bringing nature to city kids, tending school gardens, and leading workshops for teachers. Tessa is an enthusiastic gardener certified in permaculture design, and a fermentation fan. Tessa holds a degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and comes to the food movement from a background in social justice. Tessa hails from the California mountain town of Topanga Canyon, and you can find her enjoying nature’s wonders and having conversations at a garden or market near you.
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tessa@cuesa.org

Market Operations Management Staff

Lulu Meyer, Director of Operations

Lulu is responsible for all administrative duties and day-to-day operations for the CUESA farmers markets. Lulu and the operations team also provide support for CUESA’s annual fundraising events and educational programming. Over the last decade she has also developed and refined CUESA’s Market to Chef Program, which helps to encourage and facilitate the sourcing of local farm products by Bay Area chefs, caterers, and food crafters. A native San Franciscan, Lulu studied at the California Culinary Academy and had worked in the restaurant industry for more than 10 years before coming to CUESA. Being surrounded by all of our wonderful farmers, local chefs, and food-savvy customers at the markets is the highlight of Lulu’s week.
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lulu@cuesa.org

Andrea Akers, Operations Manager

Andrea came to CUESA in 2008 as an intern through the New Door Ventures Ally program. After successfully completing her internship, she joined the staff as an operations assistant and was later promoted to operations manager. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations of our three weekly farmers markets, Andrea is also responsible for training and managing staff and interns and providing administrative assistance and support for many of CUESA’s fundraising events.

Katy Burnett, Market Manager

Katy manages the Jack London Square Farmers Market on Sundays, and assists with market administration and operations at Ferry Plaza the rest of the week. She comes to CUESA from a background in specialty coffee, which gave her a unique perspective on sustainability, seasonality, and small farms. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. Katy loves the diverse group of people brought together every week by the market, and enjoys trying new recipes in her North Oakland home with the produce she finds there.

Jonathan Fong, Market Operations

Jonathan is a friendly face you’ll see at the Jack London Square Farmers Market on Sundays. Having volunteered with CUESA since 2011, he joined the team in 2016 to help with market operations. As an East Bay native, he is excited about the opportunity to support CUESA in thoughtfully co-creating a market that reflects all the voices, character, and needs of the Oakland community.

Jeremy Dutra, Info Booth Coordinator

Previously a CUESA volunteer, Jeremy is the Info Booth Coordinator for the Sunday Jack London Square Farmers Market. A Bay Area native, he received his BA in Environmental Studies and minor in Geography from California State University, East Bay. During his time in college, Jeremy developed a deep appreciation for how our food choices impact the environment and our communities: by supporting our local farmers and producers, we are making positive strides toward a more livable society. Having the opportunity to work for CUESA is allowing him to be actively part of this sustainable food system.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »