Washington State Farmers Market Association (WSFMA) Board President Stacy Carkonen announced Thursday the hiring of Will O’Donnell as the organization’s next Executive Director.

Will O’Donnell has been involved with Washington State farmers markets for the last 20 years as a vendor, board member, and a market manager. He was Director of the Jefferson County Farmers Markets for the past 7 years. In the mid-2000s he co-founded both Finnriver Farm and Cidery and Mt. Townsend Creamery. He served on the WSFMA board as treasurer from 2011-13. Will is tech savvy and creative. Will previously served as WSFMA’s Interim Operations Director. Over the last several months Will has proven to have the leadership, management, development, and administration skills needed to continue growing the organization and supporting member markets across the state.

The WSFMA is also excited to announce previous Executive Director Karen Kinney is staying on in a new role as Partnerships Director where she will continue to collaborate with longtime WSFMA partners to support the organization’s ongoing programs as well as serving as a resource to WSFMA members, staff, and board. Karen will also continue to lead WSFMA’s legislative and policy work.

“We feel very lucky to be able to retain the dedication, experience and relationships that Karen brings to the WSFMA,” said WSFMA Board President Stacy Carkonen. “Will, Karen, and new Food Access Program Manager Kate Delavan represent a powerful combination of skills and know-how to move the organization forward and make the most of future opportunities. I could not be happier about WSFMA’s new staffing team. I encourage all our members and partners to give Will a warm farmers market welcome!”