“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. She currently resides in Brier, WA with her firefighter husband Matt and her two sports-fanatic elementary age children, Anna and Zach.
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, Fund Development Manager
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“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!
Patricia Gray, Campaign Manager
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“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!
Kelsey Houghton, Social Service Outreach Coordinator
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“Everyone knows that Pike Place Market is a wonderful place to eat and shop, but I am endlessly amazed by what a diverse, passionate, and engaged community it is. From fresh seafood to comprehensive social service programs- I feel so lucky for the opportunity to be a part of it!”
Professional background: In 2013 I graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Sociology and a focus in Public Health. During my college years I worked as a research assistant and interned for a number of non-profit organizations, including PASSOP, an organization focused on immigrant rights, and SOS Health Services of Walla Walla, a free clinic for uninsured patients. I joined The Market Foundation in 2014 through the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Why I love my job? Conducting a community-wide needs assessment gives The Market Foundation the opportunity to engage with Market residents and workers so that we can truly consider the concerns, wants, and needs of those who could directly benefit from new social service programs. I love that this research allows us to provide our neighbors with the services they ask for!
Fun fact: When I’m bored I create dance music mixes and jam to them in the privacy of my apartment.
Rainelle Sizemore, Systems Coordinator
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Rainelle joined the Market Foundation in September 2004 and while new to the Market Community, she spent a lot of time shopping, playing tour guide to visiting family and friends and volunteering at the Market since her husband, Wayne Porter, joined the PDA staff as the “Market painter” in 1995. Rainelle’s previous professional experience is human resources/retirement benefits administration with Washington Mutual.
Why I love my job? I appreciate contributing to The Market Foundation’s efforts to making a difference in the lives of those who benefit from the services and low-income housing provided in this special Seattle neighborhood.
Suzanne Spencer, Communications & Development Coordinator
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“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 in 2012 with a BA in Anthropology. After working for EarthCorps, a non-profit focused on environmental restoration and education, I joined The Market Foundation as a Volunteer Coordinator via the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Now that my AmeriCorps year has come to a close, I look forward to strengthening our communications & development work in the Market community.
Why do I love my job? I get to do it all! On a daily basis, I have the privilege of working with volunteers, sharing stories about the Market community with our supporters, strengthening our development work and more. I love the dynamism of my job because it reflects the layered, complex, and FUN qualities of Pike Place Market itself.
Fun fact: I recently threw the first pitch at a Mariners game.
Clover Thurk, Special Event 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 I love my job? An event can be a powerful engagement tool, utilizing all the five senses. What better place is there to that than at the Pike Place Market?
Fun Fact: I have been reading Anna Karenina for over a year.