Staff | CUESA

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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, 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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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

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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rebecca@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 the in-market cooking programs and seasonal celebrations at all three of our markets. She also designs and runs our Food & Farm tours, and is responsible for organizing the culinary components of  CUESA’s major fundraising events. She has worked in a wide variety of capacities in the culinary world and has had a passion for sustainable agriculture since she was was introduced to organic farming in college. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from William Smith College and received her formal culinary training at New England Culinary Institute. She has been thrilled to call the bountiful San Francisco Bay Area her home for more than 20 years.

Tessa Kappe, Education Program Coordinator

Tessa coordinates 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 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 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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lulu@cuesa.org

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, Market Administrator

Katy assists with administration and operations for all CUESA’s markets. 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.

Megan McCarthy, Assistant Market Manager

Megan is the assistant market manager at both the Mission Mercado Community Market and the Jack London Square Market. Megan has worked on the market operations team since she high school and is proud to be a part of the CUESA family. Megan is also a local actress and has a BFA from Boston University. 

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. 

Jeremy Dutra, Market Compliance Coordinator

Jeremy thoughtfully supports our market community of sellers by understanding and interpreting CDFA and County regulations for CUESA’s farmers markets. 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 society: by supporting our local producers and food artisans, we are making positive strides towards building a more sustainable world.

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 »