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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, 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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brie@cuesa.org

Daisy Prado, Communications Coordinator

Daisy supports communications for CUESA’s education programs, farmers markets, and events. Over the years she has volunteered, interned, and worked for several conservation organizations including the World Wildlife and Audubon Society. She earned a BA in journalism and mass communication with a minor in sustainability from Arizona State University. Daisy enjoys spending her weekends finding food gems throughout the city, petting other people’s dogs, and taking nature walks close to the ocean.
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daisy@cuesa.org

Education Staff

Leigh Gaymon-Jones, Director of Education

Leigh directs the educational strategy for CUESA, overseeing program development and education events for children and adults. Leigh is a food grower, art maker, and educator. She has worked in farm-based youth development and completed an Advanced Certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agrocecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She has worked and taught as a performance artist and received a Masters of Fine Arts from California Institute of Integral Studies. Leigh is inspired by the diverse landscapes of the state, and enjoys spending her time discovering new wonders of California, practicing yoga, and cooking.
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leigh@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

Sarah Carrillo, Market Programs Coordinator

Sarah develops and manages CUESA’s weekly educational programs and oversees program volunteers at our farmers markets. She discovered her passion for sustainable food systems while studying at San Francisco State University, where she earned a B.S. in Public Health Education. During her studies, Sarah interned as a workshop facilitator at Leah’s Pantry, a nonprofit that focuses on nutrition education among marginalized populations. Outside of CUESA, she serves as Captain of the Excelsior Community Food Pantry. In her spare time she enjoys exploring San Francisco’s food scene, cooking for her friends, and visiting museums.

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.

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 »