Rouses’ Marcy Nathan Honored as WGA Woman of the Year

The Woman Grocers of America (WGA) honored Marcy Nathan, the creative director of Louisiana-based Rouses Markets, with the prestigious Woman of the Year Award. This recognition took place at the 2024 NGA Show in Las Vegas, continuing a tradition since 1996 of celebrating female leaders in the grocery industry who exhibit strong leadership, a deep passion for their work, and a commitment to their communities.

Marcy Nathan is responsible for overseeing the big-picture creative strategy at Rouses Markets, guiding campaigns, managing day-to-day creative tasks, and shaping the brand identity. Leading an internal team, she handles public relations, broadcast media strategy, and serves as the editor-in-chief of Rouses Magazine, which boasts a readership of nearly 500,000.

Kristin Popp, the President of WGA, highlighted Nathan’s journey with Rouses Markets, noting her instrumental role in creative and PR efforts during the retailer’s expansion from 17 stores to 64 in the Gulf Coast region. Nathan’s influence extends beyond marketing; she also spearheads initiatives like Rouses Markets Pop Ups, showcasing a variety of products not typically found in stores, with a focus on women vendors. She founded Women in Grocery (WIG) at Rouses Markets, a platform dedicated to connecting and empowering women within the company.

Nathan’s impact extends to community projects, including the launch of a small grocery store within the Guste High Rise Apartments in Central City, New Orleans, addressing food accessibility issues and providing employment opportunities to local residents. She is also actively involved in philanthropic organizations such as Les Dames des Escoffier and serves on boards like the governing board of Touro Infirmary, New Orleans’ oldest hospital.

“As a New Orleans native, I truly appreciate Marcy’s hard work to bring food and opportunities to consumers throughout the community, especially those who need them the most,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA President and CEO. “Her commitment to entrepreneurism, diversity and culture embody the spirit of what it means to be an independent grocer and a servant leader.” WGA, operating under the NGA Foundation, supports women in the independent grocery industry by fostering personal and professional development, building connections, and celebrating accomplishments.