Stevi Stoesz Kersh
Stevi Stoesz, Executive Director of the Indianapolis City Market, is a twenty-seven year veteran of public market, event and program management. She founded the Original Farmers Market in 1997 in downtown Indianapolis and was a featured speaker at the Project For Public Spaces’ 4th and 9th International Public Markets Conference in Seattle, Washington and Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, respectively.
Stevi is a member of the Humane Society of the United States’ Indiana State Council. She is active in animal welfare issues and has planned several fundraising events for regional animal welfare nonprofit organizations. Stevi serves on the advisory board for the global non-profit organization The Elephant Project and volunteers for many animal protection groups including German Shepherd Rescue Indy, Indianapolis Animal Care Services, and Mobile Mutts, a canine transport group that pulls death-row dogs from high-kill shelters in the South to the safety of screened and approved foster-based rescues throughout the Midwest.
Stevi is an avid motorcyclist and founded an all-female motorcycle club in Indianapolis called the Circle City Soft Tails in 2013. Stevi lives in Indianapolis with her husband, Jason, step-son, Louis, and their three canines, Lizzie Lou, Gizmo and Sasha.