FMC Welcomes Aboard Executive Director, Charisse McGill

      Posted On: July 28, 2023

In the midst of FMC’s busy season ramping up for National Farmers Market Week (NFMW), Philly-based business owner and former market manager, Charisse McGill, steps up to take the reins as the organization’s new Executive Director. Charisse’ entry into the role comes at an exciting time, when opportunities to bring her energy, passion and vision into the spotlight are cropping up left and right.

Leading up to and throughout NFMW, Charisse will connect with market operators through online town halls and in-person appearances, including an in-person visit to the USDA Farmers Market in Washington DC. To learn more about her new role coinciding with NFMW, you can find details in our recent press release.

Before making FMC history as the first Black woman to serve in her role, Charisse was also paving the way as the first Black woman to own and operate a food establishment in Penn’s Landing (Philadelphia, PA). Featured on the Today Show, in Forbes and in numerous other national and regional publications, she bookends her journey by stepping into a role wherein she can amplify the voices of market operators and lend support in fostering equity, access and recognition within their communities.

Praising her unique entrepreneurial spirit, FMC Board President, Allen Moy, is confident that Charisse will enable FMC “to further increase its support for farmers market operators nationwide and to have an even greater impact upon our collective efforts to create a more sustainable and equitable food system.”

In becoming FMC’s Executive Director, Charisse brings her market connection full circle, having spent seven years as a market manager and vendor of her French Toast Bites brand, as well as founding a business which got its start at a farmers market.

To read up on that journey and her local business, take a stroll through Lokal Artisans Foods’ website .

The team at FMC enters into this new chapter inspired and optimistic for all that’s to come.
Welcome, Charisse!