Boston Public Market Names Cheryl Cronin as New CEO

Cronin is hardly a stranger to Boston's nonprofit scene.

Boston Public Market

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The Boston Public Market named Cheryl Cronin its new CEO on Tuesday, as the nation’s only locally-sourced yearlong market enters its second calendar year.

“As we move into the Market’s next phase, we are excited to have Cheryl leading us and finding new ways to grow the Market and its impact while continuing to further our mission supporting local farmers, fishermen, and food producers,” BPM board chair Brian Kinney said in a release. “Cheryl’s extensive experience managing public issues and her profound dedication to Boston’s civic spaces will serve the Market well.”

A lifelong Boston resident and a UMass Amherst and BC Law alum, Cronin currently serves on the boards of both the Boston Public Library, as well as Board of Sail Boston, which seeks to bring the Tall Ships festival to town in 2017. Previously, she served on the boards of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Greenway Conservancy, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation.

Cronin will replace Liz Morningstar, who spearheaded the creation of the 28,000-square-foot market, located in Haymarket.

“Under Liz Morningstar’s leadership, the Boston Public Market has become our city’s newest public space and is already having an incredible impact on our region’s agricultural system,” Cronin said in the same release. “Creating and supporting vibrant civic spaces is my lifelong passion and I’m looking forward to joining the Market as it leads a renaissance of the city’s historic market district.”

The BPM, which opened last July, says it saw over half a million visitors in its first three months in business, while sales are expected to exceed $5 million for 2015.

“The Boston Public Market is a startup non-profit in the business of supporting other startups.  Over time the market will change, adapt, and evolve, in order to ensure continued success and Cheryl is the right leader to chart the path forward. I leave knowing the Market will continue to thrive, to contribute to the Boston community, and to grow under Cheryl’s leadership.” Morningstar said. “As a local resident, I look forward to many years of shopping the Market with my family.”