City Fruit is pleased to welcome Carrie Ferrence to the organization, serving as our third executive director since the organization's founding in 2008.
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.