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Market Umbrella Board of Directors

The Board of Directors serve as our legal council and hold fiduciary responsibilities. This body is elected by majority vote and has voting rights as such. These members are responsible for guiding the mission, vision, and future of Market Umbrella. They meet bimonthly and via special committee to guide the organization.


David Baker, President
Associate Editor- The Louisiana Weekly

David Waller, Vice-President
Client Executive- IBM

Avery Corenswet, Secretary
Vice President of Community Outreach- Ochsner Community Health Systems

Amy Corcoran, CPA, Treasurer
Principal- Amy Corcoran, CPA, LLC


Robin Barnes

Natalie Barranco

John Bihm
Attorney- Riess LeMieux

Kia S. Brown
Community Activist

Sharon Courtney
Vice President, Government Relations- Tulane University

Albert “Rusty” Gaude
Associate Area Agent- LSU Ag Center and Louisiana Sea Grant

Monique McCleskey
Laitram Corporation

Community Advisory Team

The Community Advisory Team supplements the board of directors as our trusted council. Three seats of this body are reserved for Crescent City Farmers Market vendors who are elected every two years by majority vote by active vendors of the Market. The Advisory Team may advise programmatic direction but does not hold voting power.

Paul Arceneaux

Margaret Beer

Kay Brandhurst

Tac Crosby

Lydia Cutrer

Bruce Gallassero

Kristina Gibson

Eli Klarman

Katie Landry

Kendra LeSar

Danielle Paciera, RD, CCN

Charise Poche

Darlene Robért

Heather Robertson

Pam Romero

Alon Shaya

Erica Washington

Brain Trust

The Brain Trust is comprised of former Board members, Market founders and leaders in the field. We are grateful to these confidants whose expertise continues to contribute to organizational life and stability without being full-time Community Advisory Team members.

John Abajian

Ben Burkett

Michael Kane

Richard McCarthy, IV

Cathy Pierson

Roy Priest

Ted Quant

Poppy Tooker

Crescent City Farmers Market Founders

John Abajian

Sharon Litwin

Richard McCarthy, IV

Are you interested in learning more about our Community Advisory Team or Board of Directors? Please contact Executive Director Kate Parker at

About Us

Market UmbrellaMarket Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.