Director of Development Strategy, The Obama Foundation
Fundraising Committee, Chicago Green City Market
Jamie Citron began working for then-Senator Obama in early 2007. Over the last ten years, Jamie has served in various positions including Special Assistant in the Office of Faith Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the US Dept. of Health & Human Services and Director of the LGBT Vote & LGBT Finance Director for the President’s re-election effort - overseeing the campaigns integrated outreach strategy to LGBT and allied Americans. After a year in the White House, serving as the Deputy Director of the Visitors Office, Jamie returned home to Chicago to begin working for the Obama Foundation. Jamie also serves as a member of the Obama Foundation's Inclusion Council. Outside of work Jamie is an avid home cook and a moderately successful, often exasperated, container gardener. Jamie got his first taste of local living as a student at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA where he milked cows, herded goats and picked cherry tomatoes as a work-study job (the best work-study job ever).
What inspired you to get involved with Green City Market?
Shopping at the market taught me that eating seasonally, and locally, was not only a viable option but healthy and energizing. I wanted to further my involvement with the Market to help spread the word and bring Green City Market principles to ever broader corners of the city. To me the GCM embodies Chicago as Urbs in Horto (which is totally the best Chicago slogan).
What’s the most delicious thing you’ve ever purchased from the GCM?
The tarralli from Crumb Bakery are a favorite and I am a sucker for cheese curds but the very best are those little Italian prune plums that are in season for five seconds in September. They make the best desserts.
What’s your favorite Jr. Board event?
All year long we celebrate ingredients at the peak of their season with At Market Donation Stations. Look for us in the summer grilling up elotes, or around the holidays roasting chestnuts.