Vicki Oppenheim, President
Vicki is an urban planner who joined the Denton Community Market (DCM) as an original volunteer Steering Committee member in 2009. Two years later she became a staff member as the co-coordinator, planner, and Secretary of the Board of Directors. As of July 2016, she is the President of the Board and the Executive Director. For more than 20 years in DFW, she has worked as an urban planner for many consulting firms and cities during significant population growth, and has witnessed Denton’s transformation with its now thriving downtown and arts scene.
She grew up in Maryland outside of D.C, and always enjoyed visiting long-established farmers markets and public markets in many East Coast cities. She also fondly remembers visiting her great grandparent’s family farm in Pennsylvania, still in operation since the early 1900s. In New York City where she attended graduate school and worked at her first urban planning job, she regularly visited the Union Square market each week where she purchased wonderful fresh produce and baked goods. She was excited to help create the same experience in Denton with a new community gathering space. The DCM has become just as much of a passion as a job, in seeing how it helps create a sense of community; helps incubate small businesses; promotes the arts; and fosters local, sustainable agriculture. Along with her market duties, she is now back in graduate school at the University of North Texas in geography and economics and is conducting research on what makes public markets successful in the United States.