Our Staff

Lillian Sherman, Executive Director
Lillian.Sherman@pikeplacemarket.org  |  (206) 774-5246

“I can honestly say I have the best job in the city! Every day as I walk through the market, I’m surrounded by our mission: a neighborhood where low-income people find dignity, hope and community.

By giving to The Market Foundation YOU make stories like the ones you’ll find on our website possible.  The difference we make together is more than just a day in someone’s life, we are changing a community. Together, we create the legacy that is the Pike Place Market.”

Professional Background: I returned to the Market Foundation in 2012 after spending 13 years leading the fundraising and community relations efforts at Wellspring Family Services and FareStart.  Both organizations went through significant growth periods during her tenure including major capital campaigns. Prior to her first turn at the Market Foundation in the late ‘90’s, she created Special Events for Food Lifeline and for The Bon Marche.  Lillian spent her formative years in McMinnville, Oregon, moving to Seattle to attend SPU where she earned a BA in Political Science & Social Work.  She also holds an MPA from Seattle University.  

Fun fact! When not working or chasing children around, you will find her outside running or walking trails or swimming happily in the lake.

Christi Beckley

Christi Beckley, Fund Development Manager
Christi.Beckley@pikeplacemarket.org  |  (206) 774-5243

“I love the Market!…is what everyone says, but that is before they learn about the services housed with-in the Market and supported by the Foundation. Then they say….Wow, I love the Market even more now.”

Professional background: I enjoy ensuring that services are available for those in need by inviting others to give back to our community. Prior to joining the Market Foundation team, I spent the last 15 years in the non-profit sector in development, programming and leadership for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the American Cancer Society.

Why I love my job? It’s a joy to be surrounded by the vibrancy of the Market community, but it is the passion of our supports and the positive impact that they help create that keeps me going each day.

Fun Fact! Give me a good beat (preferably a funky one) and I’ll dance to it!


Laura Breshock | Donor Relations Coordinator

laura.breshock@pikeplacemarket.org  |  (206) 682-7453

“Pike Place Market valued organic and local before organic and local was cool. It’s an honor to serve the community that represents everything great about Seattle.”

Professional background: I received my BA in History from Linfield College, and my MA in Creative and Cultural Industries from Kings College London. I am thrilled to be a part of the cultural industry that is the Market and supporting Seattle heritage. So far my professional career has been supporting Seattle education and arts nonprofits like Fulcrum Foundation, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Artist Trust.

Fun fact: Being a history nerd, I enjoy reading Wikipedia articles on obscure royal figures from around the world and various eras, and I have a huge crush on Alexander Hamilton.

Crystal DixonCrystal Dixon, Neighborhood Center Project Manager

crystal.dixon@pikeplacemarket.org | (206) 774-5262

“Pike Place Market’s community is as rich and layered as its history.  For many people who live and work in the market, it’s so much more than just a neighborhood, it is a place where people can live, shop, work, and care for each other. The Pike Place Market Foundation helps to maintain and fund the diversity and sustainability of this community.”

Professional background: I have a BA and MA in International Relations and have worked for NGOs and nonprofits for nearly my whole career. Before coming to The Foundation, I worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of King County as a Unit Director and Wellspring Family Services as a Community Engagement Manager. My approach to program development focuses on creating and sustaining social service programs where community and client can merge, and anyone and everyone has a chance to make an impact.

Why I love my job:  I am thrilled to see the 40 year old plan for the completion of the Pike Place MarketFront coming to life! The Neighborhood Center is going to be a key piece of this expansion and I am more than excited to be able to bring my community building and project management experience to help shape this new resource for the Market community.

Fun Fact: I don’t like chocolate, ice cream, or cake. I am a good person though, I swear!

Patricia Gray, Campaign Manager
patricia.gray@pikeplacemarket.org |  (206) 774-5249

“More than fresh fish and produce, the Market is a model for how a diverse neighborhood stimulates a dynamic, economically viable community. My approach to Public Relations & Marketing is through community building and I firmly believe there is no better place to do this than Pike Place Market. 

Professional background: My passion is to empower people to make a positive impact in their community. I have worked in communications and fundraising at Wellspring Family Services, FareStart and the University of Washington Alumni Association and served on the board of ROOTS Young Adult Shelter. Prior to my nonprofit career, I was a journalist in Indiana, The Netherlands and locally for Real Change Newspaper. I have a journalism and telecommunications degree from Ball State University.

Why I love my job? My approach to Public Relations & Fundraising is through community building and I firmly believe there is no better place to do this than Pike Place Market.

Fun Fact! By night, I enjoy tearing it up on the roller derby track!

IMG_4985Reid Martin, Campaign Coordinator
Reid.Martin@pikeplacemarket.org  |  (206) 774-5271

“Before I started working at Pike Place Market, I thought that it was for tourists and downtown residents. After volunteering for the Foundation over the past seven months, I have seen that the Market is more than flowers and fish.  It is a community of people who come together every day to lift one another up to make the community they live in better than the day before.”

Professional Background: I worked all my life in construction.  I enjoyed renovating homes and helping people get through stressful remodels but I felt something was missing.  I decided to go to night school and finally finish my degree in communications.  After graduation from the University of Washington in 2012 I worked part time for two boutique PR and Marketing firms based in the Seattle area while I worked in construction four days a week and at Queen City Bar and Grill at night.

Why do I love my job? I have always been a person who thrives on personal interaction and this job lets me work with people of all different backgrounds. It is like a dream come true, I get to use all of the tools I learned in school combined with the experience I gained on the construction site.  I believe it gives me an insight no one else has.

Fun fact! I spent the last 2 years building a 4 foot cigar humidor.


Suzanne Spencer, Communications & Development Coordinator
suzanne.spencer@pikeplacemarket.org  |  (206) 774-5255 

“Every year, Pike Place Market relies on thousands of volunteers to care for our Market community. Thank you to our incredible volunteer team for all that you do – your time spent and talents shared are truly inspiring!”

Professional background: I graduated from Willamette University with a degree in Anthropology and have spent the majority of my professional career supporting environmental and social justice work in the non-profit sector in California, Oregon, and now Seattle. I joined The Market Foundation in 2013 to manage the Foundation’s volunteer program as an AmeriCorps VISTA. After my year with AmeriCorps came to a close, I accepted a full-time position with the Foundation and currently I manage our print and digital communications, our website and social media, and our volunteer program. When I’m not savoring the sights and smells in Pike Place Market, you’ll find me backpacking in the mountains, seeing live music, or seeking out the newest brewery in town.

Why do I love my job? I do a little bit of everything, and I love the dynamism of my job because it reflects the vibrance of Pike Place Market itself.

Fun fact! I recently threw the first pitch at a Mariners game.

TiffanyTiffany Swanson, Special Events Coordinator
tiffany.swanson@pikeplacemarket.org  |  (206) 774-5233

“I’ve had a love affair with Pike Place Market my whole life, yet never knew the depths of the market community until recently.  I’m incredibly honored to work with Pike Place Market Foundation, where I not only get to plan some of the best events in the city, but also contribute to the greater good of our amazing community!”

Professional background: With a Communications degree from Washington State University (Go Cougs!), I spent most of my extensive career in advertising analytics, finance and management for Disney Interactive Media Group and Amazon.com. Then, I decided to grab the bull by the horns and steer my professional life toward what I’m truly passionate about – planning events that honor and celebrate our city with a non-profit organization that helps touch the lives of the Seattle community. I always knew I wanted to make the world a better place – I just didn’t know how!

Why do I love my job? The Pike Place Market Foundation is a powerful, caring and impactful organization full of delightful and inspiring individuals who truly want to help others.  I’m so thrilled to work with these people and have a hand in creating events here at Pike Place Market. It’s experiences like these that make life great – eating, drinking, dancing the night away in one of the coolest locations in the world, all to help our community thrive. What could be better than that!?

Fun Fact: You can also find me performing and teaching improv at Unexpected Productions, the improvisational theatre company right here at the Market Theatre at the Gum Wall. I like to think I’m changing the world for the better here too – one laugh at a time!

Clover ThurkClover Thurk, Special Events Manager
Clover.Thurk@pikeplacemarket.org | (206) 774-5254

“At any given moment, the Market is home to the most unique community of people – vendors, craftspeople, residents, market children, farmers, travelers and more. I’m honored to be a part of this moment in the Market working to expand and support this very special community.”

Professional background: Collaboration and engagement in social justice, sprinkled with fun and laughter, has been a theme for my life’s work. I have been fortunate to work in shelters in Washington, DC, with rural weaving projects in Jordan, and a variety of non-profits in Seattle including the REACH Project and most recently Neighborcare Health.

Why do I love my job?  An event can be a powerful engagement tool, utilizing all the five senses. What better place is there to do that than at  Pike Place Market?

Fun Fact! I have been reading Anna Karenina for over a year.