Our Staff

Mariya Strauss, Executive Director

We are pleased to have Mariya Strauss as the Executive Director of the Farm Alliance of Baltimore. Mariya comes to the Farm Alliance from a career in advocacy journalism and in grassroots organizing work on a national level. She is an advocate for justice throughout the food system and supply chain, and is committed to helping Baltimore’s urban farms prosper in a changing world. A native of Oak Park, Illinois, she has lived in Baltimore since 2009. If you or your organization is interested in finding out more about the Farm Alliance of Baltimore, or if you would like to explore opportunities to partner with us, please contact her at: mariya@farmalliancebaltimore.org

Lizzie Crespi, Program Coordinator 

Originally from Massachusetts, Lizzie Crespi came to Baltimore as a Johns Hopkins undergraduate and has since dived head first into urban farming in Baltimore. Already a seasoned veteran—she worked as a research assistant at the Food System Lab at Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and has served as an Americorps member at Real Food Farm. We were able to hire Lizzie thanks to a generous grant from the Joseph and Harvey Meyerhoff Charitable Fund in support of our Waverly Market stand. You’ll see Lizzie out at our market stand with the farmers every Saturday. Be sure to say hello!