|Diverse Markets Management Team Principals|
Michael Berman: Executive Director
Michael Berman has experience in the fine arts, art community organizing, land planning, historic preservation, real estate, property management, and the development of outdoor markets. He is a practicing artist and active exhibitor. Michael has worked with both public and governmental agencies, as well as privately funded companies in arts related programs and exhibiting. He serves as a board member of the Public Space Planning and Management Corporation, which provides the District with advice and oversight concerning vending laws, planning and management. Michael lives and maintains his studio on Capitol Hill and is a member of many local and city organizations.
Vernon Burnett serves as both an Assistant Manager of
the Flea Market at Eastern Market and for many Diverse
Markets events. Vernon's experience includes: reservations,
exhibitor relations, maintaining the database, and banking
for FMEM. Vernon began while he was still working as a
microbiologist at The University of MD Medical School, and
took on increasing responsibilities after his retirement in
Tom Rall, whose management of the Flea Market at Eastern Market, now in its 25th year, helped build the Sunday market into what has been called one of the "best small markets in the country". He turned what once was an under-used public space on Sundays into a contributing element of an economic revitalization that realtors and guides call the "heart of Capitol Hill". Tom has deep ties to the Capitol Hill community and is a contributing member of the pillar organizations that keep the Hill a proud and rich neighborhood.