West Side Farmers Market Leadership

West Side Farmers Market is a 501c3 non-profit governed by a volunteer board and an executive director.

Meet the Executive Director

Molly Phipps – Executive Director
Molly Phipps is the Executive Director of the West Side Farmers Market. She has a Bachelor’s in Geology-biology from Brown University and a PhD in Science Education and Oceanography from Oregon State University. Molly has been a climate scientist, a teacher, a mentor, an educational researcher and evaluator, and an environmental educator in a search for the best way to create a positive impact on the environment and community well-being. Building and strengthening the West Side Farmers Market represents an intersection of a number of Molly’s interests: food, climate change education, and community. As we move away from a fossil fuel-dependent food system we need to drastically change our ways of feeding ourselves and taking care of each other at the local level. By nurturing and supporting small-scale farms and farmers, teaching people the joys and benefits of eating local food, and encouraging a more interconnected and self-reliant community, Molly has found her way to make a meaningful impact on climate mitigation and adaptation.

Molly Phipps is the Executive Director of the West Side Farmers Market. She has a Bachelor’s in Geology-biology from Brown University and a PhD in Science Education and Oceanography from Oregon State University. Molly has been a climate scientist, a teacher, a mentor, an educational researcher and evaluator, and an environmental educator in a search for the best way to create a positive impact on the environment and community members. Building and strengthening the West Side Farmers Market represents an intersection of a number of Molly’s interests: food, climate change education, and community. As we move away from a fossil fuel-dependent food system we need to drastically change our ways of feeding ourselves and taking care of each other at the local level. By nurturing and supporting small-scale farms and farmers, teaching people the joys and benefits of eating local food, and encouraging a more interconnected and self-reliant community, Molly has found her way to make a meaningful impact on climate mitigation and adaptation.

Meet the Market Manager

Steve Bivans – Market Manager

Meet the Current Board

Barb Rose – President (2019-2020)
I have lived on the west side since 1983; that’s more than 35 years-  longer than I’ve lived anywhere else in my lifetime! The West Side has had its ups and downs since I’ve lived here, but I have always been proud to call it home. I have been honored help lead the growth and development of our small yet very powerful neighborhood farmers market.  It’s important to me that our neighborhood has a visible place where neighbors can not only find affordable, nutritious tasty and local food but also discover a fun and welcoming place to meet neighbors and build community.  I will continue to hard to make sure everyone who lives in the neighborhood feel like they belong at WSFM and that it continues to be part of what make the West Side such a unique and special place!

Ellie Leonardsmith – Vice President (2019)

Laura Gosewisch – Treasurer (2019-2022)
Laura has been a vendor with the West Side Farmer’s Market since 2016 when she and her wife Cathy started the Vital Ground Farm Network – a collaborative for farmers and entrepreneurs that cultivates relationships between makers, consumers, and local food. When she’s not farming, she is running her massage therapy practice or speaking at conferences for women, farmers and entrepreneurs. 

Nettie Pignatello – Secretary (2019-2020)

Maria McNamara – Board Member (2019)

Board members are nominated each fall for the following year. Nominations for the 2020 board of directors closed on November 1, 2019.

Are you interested for the future? See here for Board Member Expectations

More questions? Please contact us at board@westsidefarmersmarket.net we are always looking for volunteers to help at the market or to serve on a committee.