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Who runs the Pike Place Market Foundation? Girls do!

Posted March 8, 2018

That’s right – ten dynamic, determined, amazing women are behind all the Market Charms, food festivals and fundraisers. In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th we thought we would break the third wall a little bit and introduce ourselves.

Women of Influence

You don’t have to tell us that Lillian Sherman, our Executive Director, is a woman of influence! She is busy making powerful waves throughout the Seattle community and we get to see her lead by example every day! But this year she has already been recognized a number of times for her exemplary leadership. Not only was she named a PSBJ Women of Influence but Seattle Met also listed her as one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle. Congratulations to our fearless leader and thank you for empowering us every day. As Lillian would say, “If it is to be, it’s gotta be me!” No point in waiting around for Superman when there are so many Wonder Women in the house.

“If we don’t have it, we will find it!”

A can-do attitude permeates the work place at the Pike Place Market Foundation and definitely comes to a head at The Market Commons – our new neighborhood center at Pike Place Market. Velma Chaney, The Market Commons Coordinator, isn’t shy about helping connect people in need with resources in and around the Market. From behind the resource desk, and often from out on the sidewalk, she greets people with a brilliant smile and the saying, “If we don’t have it, we will find it.”

No matter which way you turn in our cozy office you bump into someone who is working hard for the good of the Market neighborhood. Clover Thurk and Tiffany Swanson are busy organizing the next big fundraiser for our thriving, caring community, Christi Beckley is working hard to connect with our donors, Patricia Gray and Nicole Cilley are wrapping up a successful $9 million dollar Capital CampaignCrystal Dixon is planning programming for The Market Commonsand I, Lindsey Falkenburg, am writing you emails and managing our volunteers! And today, on International Women’s Day, we are celebrating all of the incredible ways women around the world are creating positive changes in their communities.

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