On behalf of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance Board of Directors, I am writing to share with you some exciting news. After a thoughtful national search, we are pleased to announce that Jennifer Antos has been selected as our new Executive Director. Jennifer’s first day with us will be very soon, June 13, 2018.
We received tremendous interest in the position and were faced with a formidable, but enviable, task of selecting our next director from a very rich pool of applicants. We are confident that Jennifer’s passion for our mission, inclusive leadership style, and significant strategic planning experience will help lead our team and our markets to even greater impact and opportunity for farmers and vendors.
Upon accepting her new job as our Executive Director, Jennifer remarked, “I am honored to have been selected as the Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Alliance’s next leader as we advance our potential to serve our regions farmers, improve access to fresh local food, and inspire customers to support that effort. Chris has laid an immense foundation for the future, and I am truly looking forward to working with her and the wider community in support of this mission.”
A native of the Puget Sound, Jennifer comes to us with more than 15 years of experience in program management, nonprofit finance, event operations, and customer experiences, most recently at IslandWood, an environmental education organization on Bainbridge Island. Observes Jennifer, “the common thread has been about providing customers with positive and purposeful experiences that support a greater mission.”
Our Founding Executive Director, Chris Curtis, will support Jennifer’s successful transition into her new role then remain involved with us by working on special projects through the end of the year. We really appreciate the thoughtful transition that she has enabled, ensuring NFMA’s continued success after she departs in 2019.
Chris reflects; “It’s been gratifying to see how many talented and passionate people were interested in working with the NFMA and bringing it to its next level of growth, sustainability and success. Jennifer is entering a wonderful work environment filled with the best market management team in the region and an administrative staff that has provided quality and strategic leadership to the NFMA and Farmers Markets across the country for the past 20 years. Everyone here at the NFMA is looking forward to working with Jennifer and passing on what we know and value. I know we are all inspired to think about the best possible future for the NFMA and to continue our hard work on behalf of local farms, local food and successful markets”.
I also want to offer thanks to our Search Committee Chair Jacqueline Gjurgevich and the other members of the search committee who helped us identify Jennifer from a tremendously talented pool of applicants.
I hope you will all join the NFMA staff and Board of Directors in welcoming Jennifer. We look forward to having you meet Jennifer in person at her local market in West Seattle or at one of our other six markets sometime later this summer. If you have any questions or comments about this announcement, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President, Board of Directors