Owned by Diverse Markets Management, The Flea Market at Eastern Market is run by
a dedicated team of hard working staff.

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.

Tom Rall | Consultant

Tom Rall built 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. Additionally Tom is an exhibitor at the market.

Vernon Burnent | Assistant Market Manager
| Exhibitor Relations Director

An Assistant Manager of the Flea Market at Eastern Market since 1991, Vernon is responsible for space assignments, reservations, exhibitor relations, maintaining the database, and banking. Vernon began with Tom Rall while he was still working as a microbiologist at The University of MD Medical School, and took on increasing responsibilities after his retirement in 1999.

David Wright | Assistant Market Manager

Born and raised in Capitol Hill, David Wright has been associated with Eastern Market for the last 10 years. He worked previously for the Market 5 Gallery in the North Hall as well as The Flea Market at Eastern Market. Affectionately known as "Big Dave", David assists with traffic control, space assignments, fee collection and bookkeeping. He supervises the clean-up at the end of day and is responsible for closing down the flea market each Sunday.

Rudy Coates | Assistant Market Manager

William “Rudy” Coates has provided consistent and flawless on-site market management for over 15 years. Rudy was born and raised in Capitol Hill and has served in many capacities at Eastern Market for more than 25 years.
Rudy assists with traffic control, space assignments and management of activities.