Staff | CUESA

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market »

Sat 8am–2pm | Tue & Thu 10am–2pm | SF

Jack London Square Farmers Market »

Sun 10am–3pm | Oakland

Mission Community Market »

Thu 4pm–8pm | SF


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, CEO

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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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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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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Brie Mazurek, Communications Director

Brie oversees communications, marketing initiatives, and PR for CUESA, including social media campaigns and strategic partnerships. Previously, she has worked as a book editor, apprenticed on an organic 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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Rebecca Crawbuck, Development & Event Coordinator

Rebecca coordinates our major recurring fundraising events and supports sponsorship, activation, and development projects. Before joining our staff, Rebecca interned and volunteered with CUESA and studied English and Political Science at UC Irvine. Rebecca believes in the promise and power of the good food movement. You can find her at the farmers market looking for ingredients for her next baking project.
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Savannah Kuang, Communications Coordinator

Savannah supports CUESA’s communications and marketing initiatives. Prior to CUESA, she worked at a legal nonprofit and oversaw their communications and fundraising campaigns, and at Capitol Corridor through the Climate Corps fellowship program by Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI). She joins CUESA with a passion for food and environmental justice and telling community stories. Savannah holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In her free time, Savannah dabbles in film photography and tries new plant-based recipes made with seasonal produce.
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Education Staff

Ave Lambert, Director of Education

Ave drives the educational strategy of CUESA connecting the growing, cooking, and eating of food, and the implications for social justice and sustainability therein. Ave believes food can change the world. A member of the SF Food Security Task Force making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and Mayor to end hunger in SF, they champion food justice. Formerly at Farming Hope, Ave worked with folks experiencing homelessness and/or incarceration through a food systems curriculum to get jobs and economic sovereignty. They are a chef and a farmer, and their folks make olive oil in the Capay Valley. Their favorite edible plants are kohlrabi, turmeric, and avocados.
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Tessa Kappe, Education Manager

Tessa manages CUESA’s Foodwise Kids, Foodwise Teens (previously Schoolyard to Market) and Foodwise Families 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 holds a degree in Politics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, is certified in Permaculture Design and comes to the food movement from a background in social justice. She hails from the California mountain town of Topanga Canyon and enjoys artistic pursuits and adventures. You can find her enjoying nature’s wonders and conversations in the garden and at the market. 
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Anisha Rathod, Education Coordinator

Anisha serves as an educator for CUESA’s youth education programs: Foodwise Kids and Foodwise Teens. Previously Anisha has worked at a variety of organic farms in Japan, China, Nepal, and the US, and has led farm-based education programs for high schoolers on the East Coast. Anisha was born and raised in New Jersey and has a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies from Brown University. She is passionate about making food systems more equitable and just, and has a deep appreciation for plants and land stewardship. Outside of CUESA, Anisha can be found hiking, embroidering, and teaching yoga.

Sara Kay, Education Assistant

Sara coordinates the educational programs at CUESA’s farmers markets. Before moving back to the the Bay Area, she carried a 75L camping pack full of vegetables and cutting boards around to New York City’s public schools, where she taught cooking and nutrition to fifth graders. In addition, Sara develops cooking and nutrition curriculum for grades pre-k through college. Sara holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University with a focus on the language of authenticity. In her free time, Sara loves baking with seasonal produce and watching wild documentaries.

Market Operations Management Staff

Lulu Meyer, Director of Operations

Lulu oversees operations for CUESA’s weekly farmers markets, and also provides support for our annual fundraising and educational events. For more than a decade she has 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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Andrea Akers, Operations Manager

After successfully completing an internship with CUESA in 2008 through our partnership with the New Door Ventures Ally Program,  Andrea joined the market team as an operations assistant and was later promoted to operations manager. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of our weekly farmers markets, Andrea is responsible for training and managing staff and interns as well as providing support for customer services. Andrea also handles many of the market’s administrative tasks and provides planning assistance and hands-on support for many of CUESA’s other fundraising and educational programs.

Katy Burnett, Farmers Market Access and Programs Coordinator

Katy coordinates CUESA’s Food Shed and food access programs at Jack London Square Farmers Market and Mission Community Market. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago and comes to CUESA from a background in specialty coffee. Katy is continually inspired by the diverse community of people brought together every week by the market.

Jonathan Fong, Market Manager and Community Liaison, Jack London Square Farmers Market

Jonathan is the friendly face you’ll see at the Jack London Square Farmers Market. Having volunteered with CUESA since 2011, he joined the team in 2016 to help with CUESA’s expanding market operations. Jonathan is deeply committed to engaging Oakland residents with the farmers and small businesses at the Sunday market and cultivating the market as a community space. 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 Oakland.

Tommy Phung, Assistant Market Manager

Tommy is the assistant market manager at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. He enjoys working with CUESA’s operations team and managers to bring the three markets to life each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at the Ferry Building. Tommy also provides support for CUESA events and programs in the market and beyond. 


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