External Affairs, The Barack Obama Foundation
Jamie Citron began working for then-Senator Obama in February of 2007. Over the last eight years, Jamie has served in various constituency 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 Barack Obama Foundation. 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 without having to think about it. 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?
Does anyone not say ramps? Kidding. 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?
It is hard not to love A Mostly Veggie Affair but this year I am really excited about our Meet the Markets.