Meet our Core Team!
Amanda Zullo, Founder + Executive Director
Amanda Zullo is the Founder and Executive Director of Pop Up Produce and a 2016 Emerging City Champions grant recipient winner, sponsored by 8 80 Cities and the Knight Foundation. A designer, community engager and food enthusiast, she has a passion for health and wellness, sustainable living and fresh food. Amanda earned her Masters in Urban Design with a Post-Masters Certificate in Real Estate Development, a Bachelors of Architecture, and a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture with a Minor in Geography, all from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In both academic and professional realms, her focus has been to foster healthy communities through the built environment using design towards community activism. She has been involved in numerous local volunteer organizations, from educating the youth through various programs and work relating to community outreach.
Alexander Walker, Marketing + Operations Director
Alexander Walker has a MBA from East Carolina University with a B.S in Marketing from UNC Wilmington. He has over 10 years of marketing, sales and business development experience with numerous Fortune 500 companies. Alex’s work as an Event Marketing Tour Manager for various nationwide programs allows his love of travel, nature and photography to blossom and thrive. Alex volunteers with local charities when he's at home in Charlotte and donates to causes while on the road. Inspired by Amanda’s social initiative, Alex assists Pop Up Produce with his business and marketing knowledge to help our start-up grow, as well as his using his passion for photography to capture our memories and use them to create our site.
Celi Merchant, Graphic Designer
Celi Merchant is a graphic designer. She has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the College of Charleston and is currently enrolled in the Advertising & Graphic Design Program at Central Piedmont Community College. Her passion for making a positive impact has led to work in the non-profit sector and various projects designed to improve people's lives. Celi's creative talent supports Pop Up Produce's various graphic and branding components, as well as our social media education graphics.
Giana Spear, Social Media Coordinator
Giana Spear is currently a full time student at UNC Charlotte and is pursuing a degree in Marketing. She is very outgoing and loves giving back to her community, highlighted by her involvement in the Delta Zeta sorority as the Sisterhood Chair. When Giana found out Pop Up Produce was looking for a social media coordinator, she knew it was perfect for her. She loved what Pop Up Produce is doing for the community and knew she wanted to be involved. Giana’s passion for giving back began at a young age. During her free time, she is often volunteering. After she graduates with her Marketing degree, Giana is looking forward to working with nonprofit organizations.