Staff

Brigitte Moran
CEO/Executive Director
Email: brigitte@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 109

In 2004, Brigitte Moran joined AIM, and its sister organization Marin Farmers Markets, as our Executive Director. She has over 20 years experience facilitating farmers markets, having started the downtown San Rafael Farmers Market on 4th Street in 1989. She has owned and operated a restaurant with her daughter and mother, and coordinated a diverse array of public and private events as an event producer. Brigitte is dedicated to realizing AIM’s vision of building a pavilion focused on celebrating the region’s agricultural roots, while simultaneously supporting the development and the success of our 500 local farmers, food purveyors, and artisans, and educating and connecting communities to local agriculture. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Volunteer and Non-Profit Leadership, and the Farmer Market Coalition, a non-profit representing farmers markets nationwide.


Ann Huseman
Chief Administrative Officer
Email: ann@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 106

Ann’s passion is working for nonprofits whose mission she believes in: previous incarnations saw her working for a hospital, symphony orchestra and retreat center. As AIM’s Financial Administrator for the last six years, she is responsible for the accounting, human resource, information technology, contracts/permitting, insurance and corporate record-keeping functions. She enjoys working with people and does whatever it takes to make sure AIM’s operations and systems running smoothly (including making morning coffee!). Her latest agricultural interests are biodynamic farming and learning how to cook. She holds a Master’s in International Management from the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona.


vickiVicki Buder
Chief Development Officer
Email: vicki@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 104

Vicki Buder joined AIM in summer 2014 as the Chief Development Director. Her primary responsibilities will be to build a sustainable fundraising program and launch the ambitious capital campaign for the construction of the permanent home for the Marin Farmer’s Market – the Pavilion and Market Hall. Vicki has worked in the development field for more than 20 years, primarily with independent schools. Most recently, Vicki served as the Director of Leadership Giving for Marin Academy. While there, she worked with major donors and volunteers to grow their development efforts.  Vicki graduated from Northwestern University. A native of New York, Vicki now lives in Mill Valley with her husband, Wayne, and children, Lily and Ben.


Tanya Small
Chief Operations Officer
Email: tanya@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 113

Tanya grew up in the small town of St. Helena, and got her start in agriculture at an early age picking grapes and helping her family make wine. She has a BA in International Studies from the University of Arkansas Little Rock, which she attended on a volleyball scholarship. Tanya has worked in the wine industry, management and sales before joining AIM in 2004. She enjoys knowing and talking with the people who grow and raise her food, and loves the community feeling that comes from managing and attending the farmers market every week. She spends her free time with her family, traveling to Mexico, playing volleyball, dancing, cooking and eating and is known to break dance spontaneously.



Chase Pennington
Market Manager – Hayward
Email: chase@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 105

Chase manages the Hayward Farmers Market, as well as helping out with the daily operations in the office and at the markets.  Chase was born and raised in Marin County, graduating from Marin Catholic High School in 2008. He continued his education at the University of Oregon where he played two years of Club Baseball, followed by two years of managing the team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 2012 before returning home to Marin. Upon his return, Chase spent close to a year working in commercial real estate before he decided to pursue other career options.  Chase began working with AIM part time as an assistant manager at the Grand Lake Farmers Market in Oakland and when the opportunity to manage his own market arose, Chase seized the opportunity, leading to his current status as the Manager of the Hayward Farmers’ Market.


Chris BlackburnChris Blackburn
Operations Manager & Market Manager – Grand Lake
Email: chris@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 112

Christopher manages our Grand Lake Oakland Farmers Market. He grew up in the 1970’s counter culture of Eugene, Oregon. His family has deep roots in the lumber industry, which made for interesting dinner conversations during a wave of environmental change, and continues to be a central connection to the valued traditions of his hometown. After college, Christopher served two years with AmeriCorps traveling throughout the US and neighboring countries providing disaster relief through the American Red Cross and working with inner city youth in Washington, DC and Charleston, South Carolina. After returning home from service he became a fire fighter/EMT in Florence, OR. Christopher has a strong sense of service and humor and is life-long Oregon Duck fan. An interesting fact: Christopher met his wife (Emily) at an AIM farmers market in the East Bay.


DanaDana Gilliland
Development & Volunteer Coordinator and Market Manager – Newark
Email: dana@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: 415-472-6100

Dana works with volunteer coordination and with the development of the Marin Farmers’ Market permanent home; as well as being Market Manager for the Sunday Newark Farmer Market. She spent the last three years living in Sweden acquiring a Master in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science from Lund University, which is complimented by her BA in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz. Dana grew up in San Rafael attending farmers markets and enjoying local food since childhood. She is particularly interested in the sustainability of food systems through local food consumption and production, and wrote her thesis on the potential for local seafood markets in Sweden. Interests other than food and sustainability, include outdoor activities like surfing, diving, biking, and hiking, as well as yoga.


Jessica WilsonJessica Wilson
Market Manager – Clement Street
Email: jessica@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 118

Jessica grew up on farms and in rural areas of Denmark, New York and North Carolina.  She finished her undergraduate work at Warren Wilson College, a small rural college tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, where a popular saying is, “there are more cows than students.” After receiving her undergraduate degree, she went on to receive her master’s degree in Religious Studies from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.  It was during her time here that she began volunteering at film festivals and other private events and developed a love for non-profit organizations and event producing. After traveling the globe producing events, Jessica settled in San Francisco in 2010.  She believes that caring, dedicated people can make a difference and is proud to be part of such an amazing organization that is so determined to do good in this beautiful corner of the world.


Katy Chapman
Office Administrator & Market Manager – Stonestown
Email: katy@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 108

Katy, a native of San Francisco, had the good fortune of growing up in North Beach. There she was dazzled by the growing culture of music, fashion, and food. Think rock ’n’ roll, bell bottoms, and the start of eating organic and raw! With a long history in the food industry, starting with a family owned restaurant during her childhood, to working posh parties on Nob Hill, followed by private catering and then back to the restaurant industry, she is excited to now be working for the people who make it all possible, the farmers! Katy has proudly passed her passion for food onto her 3 kids; they can cook up a meal to please any palate. Whether biking, hiking or kayaking, Katy’s passions are centered around family, friends and (of course) food!


Leah Smith
Director of Programs
Email: leah@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 111

Leah Smith has served as AIM’s Director of Programs for more than 5 years, and has worked in Marin County to further the sustainable agriculture movement for more than 10 years. She previously worked with Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) and directed EECOM’s Marin Food Systems Project. Leah attended Pitzer College where she was the first person to graduate with honors in Environmental Studies. She then received a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to live and do agricultural research in Nepal for a year. She has more than a dozen years of experience in agricultural education, community outreach, event planning and program development. She is committed to and passionate about local food and sustainable agriculture. Having worked on a farm and as lover of cooking, she finds great pleasure in the work she is engaged in.


Nick Davantes
Market Manager – Sunday Marin Farmers Market
Email: nick@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 110

Nick is the market manager for AIM’s largest market, the Sunday Marin Farmers Market.  He is locally sourced here in San Rafael and grew up going to the Marin Markets.  After studying Construction Management at Chico State University , Nick returned to Marin and started working for AIM one day a week as a waste station manager.  When not sprinting through the market, you can usually find Nick doing some sort of extreme sports activity or relaxing on the beach playing volleyball with friends.


peterPeter Healy
Market Manager – Thursday Civic Center Marin
Email: peter@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 107

Peter grew up getting his hands dirty in his parents’ sunny Southern California garden. He learned from a young age to appreciate the food on his plate and to understand its origins. He also inherited his parents’ love and respect for the natural environment which eventually led to a BS in Environmental Science from the University of California Santa Barbara. After securing his diploma, Peter ventured to the south of India, where he lived in a community whose goal was to live sustainably. Upon his return to the US, Peter continued to live sustainably while working on an organic farm in Boulder, CO. After a season on the farm, Peter landed back in the Bay Area where he worked as an environmental consultant for a few years. When the opportunity to work for AIM presented itself, Peter dropped what he was doing and seized it!


Sarah Darcey-Martin
Director of Outreach
Email: sarah@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 119

Sarah oversees AIM’s community outreach and communications efforts.  Having grown up eating garden vegetables and homemade tofu, Sarah has always been passionate about local, healthy and delicious food and is thrilled to put this passion to work.  Before joining AIM, Sarah spent six years in the nonprofit world in marketing, fundraising and event management roles.  Sarah has a BA from Boston University and studied abroad in West Africa.  Sarah enjoys exploring, traveling, hiking, dancing, and – of course – cooking and eating.


shayla-moranShayla Moran
Marketing
Email: shayla@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 101

Shayla works with our team part-time, concentrating on sharing the inspirational stories of our farmers, members, organization and local food system. She coordinates AIM’s advertising, communications and marketing efforts – coordinating AIM’s web presence and designing in house promotional materials. Shayla was born and raised in Portland, Oregon where her family owned and operated a local grocery store. She studied Business Marketing and after college she moved to the Bay Area. Before working with AIM, Shayla was an Assistant Buyer at Fred Meyers and managed Store Operations at Restoration Hardware. She enjoys traveling, cooking, playing volleyball, hiking and being outdoors.


Tyler Thayer
Educational Program & Farm Audit Coordinator
Email: tyler@agriculturalinstitute.org
Phone: (415) 472-6100 x 114

Tyler has been working in the farmers market industry for 24 years now. He has managed many different farmers markets all across California and has been working at AIM since 2000. Tyler was instrumental in developing and implementing AIM’s Farm Audit program, an innovative program that verifies that all farmers participating in AIM farmers markets truly grow what they sell, ensuring that AIM’s markets are fair, honest, and of the highest quality possible.  Additionally, Tyler manages the Newark farmers market and AIM’s educational outreach program, that serves thousands of children and adults each year.