I'm writing to let you know that after a period of deep reflection, I have begun taking steps to initiate the closure of MarketShare with our board and fiscal sponsor. After more than five years of determined progress, it has become clear that the conditions necessary for such a large and complex project to proceed have not materialized, and I do not believe this will change soon. Through our work we have helped build relationships between community-based organizations, we have elevated stories and voices that must be heard, and we have added richness and intellectual value to way food and culture can help make a just and peaceful society.

MarketShare's founding values, which are shared opportunity, strengthened community, and delicious food, still hold great meaning for me, especially given how the world has changed in recent years. Food has such power to help people connect; connection creates community; and healthy communities give vitality to our urban landscapes, especially, the public square. I continue to believe King Street Station is a Seattle gem and my hope is that forces will end up conspiring to turn it into something for the People, full of flavor, full of life, and full of love. 

Our values live on in local nonprofit groups like Eat With MuslimsProject FeastVenturesFood Innovation NetworkFareStart and others who are using food in powerful and inspiring ways to transform lives and shape a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive society. If you still have an appetite for delicious ways to make a difference, give them a look and consider supporting them as you have supported us. 

Moving on is bittersweet, but I look forward to the future with optimism. The privilege of dedicating myself to this work for the last five years derives its meaning from the relationships I have formed through the experience. Special acknowledgement must go to our two pilot program fellows, Jackie and Rosario, our staff, individuals who have served on our board, special consultants to the organization, those who have supported us with donations, the businesses and organizations that have contributed time and expertise, and the many volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves to help us come this far. As much as I have tried to give of myself, this community has always come back with more in return, and I commit to reinvesting all that I have learned in causes rooted in building community. 

Any words of gratitude I express here in closing will fall far short of capturing my true feelings of appreciation, and even less adequately account for all that I have to be grateful for. My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone, to all of you, who have supported MarketShare along the way. I look forward to encountering each of you on the road ahead.

In community,

Philip Deng
Executive Director

22 March 2019

We empower diverse communities to create public markets that fuel food entrepreneurship


Food creates connection
Connection creates community
Community creates place

We make food the foundation of our organizing because of its unique and powerful potential to bring people together. Beginning with the needs of the community, we lead a process that taps into the resources and skills of public, private, and non-profit organizations to maximize collaboration in the creation of truly public markets.


Thriving and sustainable public institutions are not developed, they are organized into being by the people and for the people.


Learn about our current initiative:

King Street Market

MarketShare is leading a grassroots movement to transform the street-level of historic King Street Station into a permanent international street food market that incubates micro-restaurant startups run by low-income immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs.

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