The running of the Downtown Market is the result of incredible teamwork. Here’s the team behind the work.
Mimi has spent the past ten years designing strong urban places for communities of people to live and have fun. As president and CEO of the Downtown Market, she is focused on creating a healthier food system that connects farmers, chefs, and consumers.
Vice President of Marketing & Operations
Amanda brings over ten years of retail marketing experience. She is a forward-thinking and results-oriented manager, with demonstrated expertise in event planning and media buying!
Director Of Human Resources And Culinary & Administrative Operations
With over 10 years of experience with Human Relations, safety, and volunteer programs, Sarah brings both enthusiasm and expertise to the Market team.
Director of Facilities
Glenn has over ten years of facility management under his belt! His extensive knowledge of plumbing, heating, construction, and maintenance make him an expert in assuring the Market is in tip top shape.
Director of Sales & Private Events
Kate comes to the Market from the Chicago hospitality world. With event management experience for both luxury hotels and the Chicago Cubs, Kate is no stranger to being in charge of creating one-of-a-kind events and experiences!
Special Events & Promotions Manager
Matt has 9 years entertainment experience in the sports industry, so he is no stranger to organizing memorable promotions and events!
Ryan is about as creative as they come. With a strong focus on design, he leads the Market’s branding and visual communication through careful art direction and execution.
Digital Marketing Specialist
As an expert in all things digital marketing, Molly uses her knowledge and skills to tell the story of the Market. Whether it’s a cooking class or scoop of ice cream, she’s excited to get the word out!
Incubator Kitchen Program Manager
Ryan Bolhuis, is an award winning chef with more than 15 years of food industry experience creating sustainable and profitable food systems. He has a passion for making the Market into THE destination for food entrepreneurship.
Financial Operations & Salesforce Specialist
Mark adds some expert technical knowhow to the Market team. His role includes software implementation, IT administration, business operations, and much more!
Special Projects Manager
Kelsey is indispensable when it comes to keeping the Admin Office running smoothly. Her attention to detail is only matched by her positive attitude!
Private Events Manager
Katie handles beverage services and staffing for all Market private events. She is in charge of making sure your event’s bar is well staffed and your guests are well served!
Madison brings more to the table than just precise event coordination! Her past experience as an event planner and wedding assistant makes her an asset to the Market and the Events Team.
Kimberly’s background encompasses a wide variety of event planning and execution—her passion and knowledge of events are a great addition to the Market team!
Sarah is a certified Master Gardener! Add in a Botany degree, and sprinkle in some high energy and enthusiasm and you get an awesome addition to the Market team!
Teaching Kitchen and Administrative Coordinator
Jessie wears a few hats at the Market, and one is a chef hat! When she isn’t helping out with a culinary class, Jessie is taking on administrative responsibilities!
Jordan pilots the Administrative Office over the weekends. Her ability to problem solve is only surpassed by her willingness to help!
Stacy prides herself on being helpful, happy, and and full of Market knowledge. She is here to make your visit a successful one!
Brian is a communications professional with more than 12 years of experience working with some of the Midwest’s biggest ideas, including ArtPrize, Start Garden, the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Millennium Park: Chicago.
Erin takes PR seriously. She gets Market news out there with determination and creativity.
OUR FACILITIES TEAM
Our porters do the hard work of keeping the Market clean and preparing our spaces for private events and Market activities.
Experienced in maintenance, landscaping, grounds, and facilities supervising, Derek brings a lot of technical knowhow to the facilities team!
OUR CULINARY ASSISTANTS
These capable culinary enthusiasts are here to make sure cooking classes run smoothly!
We take private events at the Market very seriously, and so do our bartenders. They are here to mix, pour, and serve at your next soiree!