Our Team

Staff

Carrie Ferrence

Executive Director

Carrie brings almost twenty years experience working with small businesses and non-profits to promote resilient and thriving communities. Most recently, she was co-founder and CEO at Stockbox Neighborhood Grocery, which has worked to improve access to good and fresh food inside of Seattle’s urban core. Prior to Stockbox, Carrie had more than a decade of experience in directing planning, marketing, and operations for non-profits, public organizations, and retail businesses including Second Use Building Materials, Seattle Public Schools, NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala) and more. She has also managed multi-sector planning projects in her work as the co-founder of a Seattle non-profit, which helped secure and develop a local park and community center.

Carrie was a Kiva Fellow in Tajikistan and is an Echoing Green Fellow. She earned a double B.A. in International Relations and Latin America Area Studies from America University and an MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (now Presidio).

Carrie was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, where she grew up with a large orchard. While her urban plot is much smaller, she and her husband do maintain an extensive backyard garden, complete with fruit trees and chickens.  She lives in Seattle’s Crown Hill neighborhood with her husband, Ryan; her son, Duncan; and her cat, Gladys.

She is excited to work with City Fruit team and community to continue to grow the reach and scope of the organization’s impact.


Latest blog post: Look Up

Luke Jesperson

Harvest & Community Outreach Manager

Luke was born and raised in the golden wheat fields of North Dakota. A desire to experience elevation change brought him to pursue his studies in Tacoma at the University of Puget Sound where he graduated with a degree in political science. After returning to the states from teaching middle school math in Juticalpa, Hondura, Luke moved to Whidbey Island to help his sister on her 6 acre, organic produce farm, Deep Harvest Farm. After the 2013 harvest season was complete, Luke moved to Seattle and interned with the Domestic Fair Trade Assocation - an organization committed to working towards a more equitable, diverse, and sustainble food system. Besides playing in the dirt, Luke enjoys cooking, reading, ultimate frisbee, and getting lost in nature. Contact Luke at [email protected].


Latest blog post: City Fruit U-Pick Harvest Box

Barb Burrill

Orchard Manager

Barb grew up on an apple, pear, and cherry orchard outside Selah, Yakima county, where she learned how to pick fruit, can fruit, and make pies. Years later in Seattle she was compelled to rescue neighborhood fruit trees choked by blackberries and ivy. Barb has been lead steward for the Burke-Gilman Trail Urban Orchard since 2010. She also volunteers in her son’s public schools where she has established “Green Teams” and has led Washington Green Schools certifications. She has an MBA from NYU and a large collection of piano ensemble sheet music just waiting to be played.


Latest blog post: When to Harvest Your Apples and Pears

Natalie Place

Senior Manager, Programs & Education

Natalie is a fruit enthusiast with degrees from Bastyr University and James Madison University.  With her combined education and work in public health and holistic design, she is passionate about healthy environments and happy people. Natalie has a diverse range of experiences from in an urban public health clinic, to a Seattle coffee shop gardener. In her free time she likes to practice yoga and dance. Her desire to learn about caring for the environment brought her out the Pacific Northwest and she hasn’t looked back. Natalie loves meeting and working with amazing City Fruit volunteers and is also excited because she hasn’t yet met a new fruit she didn’t like! Contact Natalie at [email protected].


Latest blog post: City Fruit Celebrates! 2018

Lisa Miyashita

Communications & Community Engagement Manager.

Lisa originally hails from the metropolitan city of Tokyo but has spent the majority of her adult life in Seattle and fully embraces the life in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Always interested in supporting the local community including the businesses and people that it represents, Lisa has spent most of her professional career dedicating herself to working with local artisan producers including many years working for the WA Brewers Guild and WA Beer Commission. In addition she founded the Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival in 2012 to help raise awareness for the growing cheesemaking industry in our state. Lisa is passionate about locally grown food and making it accessible to everyone in the community, and is excited to be part of the City Fruit team. Contact Lisa at [email protected].


Latest blog post: Summer Pruning at Piper’s Orchard

Asya Snejnevski

Community Harvester

Asya is a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest. She arrived last year after a summer-long road trip across the country exploring the country’s amazing public lands to begin a Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington. Before that she had worked in communications at the Washington, DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and at a textile and interior design firm. She’s also spent time managing a demonstration garden and teaching gardening skills, as well as working on various farms in Italy, which included a stint at an olive orchard harvesting for olive oil. She has a Bachelors in studio art from Hamilton College in central New York. Asya is excited to be going back to her roots and spending the summer harvesting fruit with City Fruit. She is passionate about food justice and eliminating food waste and is thrilled to be making an impact in Seattle by saving the quality fruit from our neighbors' trees. In her free time Asya likes exploring new places in the PNW, canoeing, cooking, drawing, and designing wedding invitations for friends.


Jessca De Francia

Community Harvester / SYEP Intern

Jessca recently graduated from Franklin high school and will be attending University of Washington on the fall of 2018. During her senior year, she took Sociology and Social Problems at Seattle Central as a Running Start student. She also took an AP Environmental Science course in her high school. These classes helped her understand the growing problems of food distribution and waste that both lead to the lack of steady supply of fresh produce in low-income communities. For the summer of 2018, she was offered an internship by the Seattle Youth Employment Program to work for the City Fruit. She hopes to contribute to the organization by helping with the harvests and distribution of fresh fruits to the food banks, and making stronger connections with the tree owners by showing them how their trees are important to the health and well-being of low-income people


Board of Directors

Jeremy Erdman

President

Jeremy Erdman graduated with his Masters in Public Administration at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, specializing in environmental and energy policy in June 2016. Before coming to Seattle, Jeremy lived in San Antonio, where he studied Engineering Science and Environmental Studies at Trinity University with a keen interest in renewable energy. As a Board Fellow, Jeremy is thankful for the opportunity to work with an organization focused on strengthening Seattle's connection to sustainability. 


Andrew Graf

Vice President

Andrew moved to Seattle in 2015 after several years in Washington, D.C. working in the Federal Government with analytics and operational planning. Andrew joined Starbucks in early 2017 where he manages reporting and analytics for their 300,000+ worldwide partners.  Andrew’s background has always been rooted in giving back to his community. After completing his undergraduate degree, he served with AmeriCorps for Habitat for Humanity in Milwaukee, WI and completed his Economics MA fellowship with the City of Milwaukee Housing Authority. An avid cook and cider drinker, Andrew enjoys exploring PNW with his wife and son as they put down roots in West Seattle. 


Betsy Moyer

Treasurer

Betsy has always wanted to make a positive difference in the world by using her expertise and talents for the greater good. Since opening her consulting firm, Betsy has used her experience to help her nonprofit and business clients grow and contribute to the world. Betsy holds an MBA from Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania where the art of preserving fresh produce for the winter was common and spent countless hours as a child picking wild berries. A few years ago, she and her husband bought a house with an ancient apple tree needing lots of love and care, which began her involvement with City Fruit.


Brandon Bills

Brandon moved from rural New York to Seattle in 2013, where he is a Marketing Manager at Mountain Safety Research. His involvement with City Fruit began while employed in his previous role at Whole Foods Market, where he managed Marketing, Community Relations, and Partnerships. Brandon graduated from Paul Smith’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and a minor in Business Administration. He holds an Executive Certificate in Marketing Strategy from Cornell University. In addition to his role with City Fruit’s Board of Directors, Brandon is a volunteer at The Nature Conservancy and spends his free time cooking, gardening, and hiking.


Brian McGuigan

He moved to Seattle from Los Angeles in 2012 to join Laird Norton Company where he is the Vice President of Corporate Investments.  Not long after moving to Seattle, his enthusiasm for cider led him to a City Fruit cider tasting event where he learned about City Fruit’s mission and work.  He gradually became more involved with the organization and eventually joined the board of City Fruit in early 2016. 

Brian grew up in South Africa where he studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town before moving the UK to begin his working life.  After several years living and working in the UK, he moved to the US to attend business school at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business.  He lives in Magnolia with his family and is attempting to grow a hedge of espaliered cider apple trees.


Amy Warren

Amy has proudly called Seattle home for the last eight years, having relocated here to continue work with Weyerhaeuser, a locally-based forestry company. Originally from the Midwest, Amy was raised amid avid growers, food preservers and cherished neighborhood trees. She took that love into Northern California where she worked with a Sacramento organization focused on harvesting excess fruit and distributing through local food banks to fill a nutritional need. Amy joined the City Fruit board in 2017, inspired to give back to the Seattle community after graduating from Leadership Tomorrow in 2016. Amy earned her MBA from Arizona State University, a supplemental Marketing Management Certificate from the University of Washington Foster School of Business. 


Advisors

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Gail Savina

Founder

Gail grew up picking apples in the ‘Apple Capital of the World’ and, after a hiatus of 40 years, returned to coordinate fruit harvests throughout Seattle. She has organized neighborhood and community harvest groups and is the author of Gather It: How to Organize an Urban Fruit Harvest. Gail’s background includes serving as a communications specialist with King County environmental programs, working as a public health educator, and overseas stints in the Philippines and Ghana. She has masters degrees in anthropology and public health.

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Matt Pope

Technology Advisor

Matt was introduced to City Fruit when he joined the Orchard Steward group at Martha Washington Park. He is committed to supporting good local food and is especially interested in getting it to those who need it most and in building knowledge and community around food. Most recently Matt has been applying his experience as a hobby hard cider maker to teaching people how to turn their bounty of apples into delicious cider. Matt works at Fair Trade USA as a web applications developer.