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. 


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.