Biography

Vicki Oppenheim, President, Co-Founder

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. He role has evolved over the years with the changing needs of the organization and her recent departure as Executive Director.  As of July 2016, she was the President of the Board and the Executive Director. She left the Board in 2019, but remained Executive Director through the 2019 Season.  She left as Executive Director and then rejoined the Board as President in January 2020.  She continues to train new staff members, Chelsea Lewis as Executive Director and Cary Reynolds as Market Vendor Coordinator. 

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 a passion in seeing how it helps create a sense of community; helps incubate small businesses; promotes the arts; and fosters local, sustainable agriculture. 

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 holds a master's in Urban Planning from Columbia University and is currently Senior Planner with Antero Group and is Principal with her own firm, Green Leaf Environmental Planning. 

She completed an additional master's degree in Geography at the University of North Texas in 2018 where she wrote a master's thesis on public markets/farmers markets in the Southwest Region. She also continues graduate work in economics at the University of North Texas.

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