USA Advisory Board

Steering Committee:

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Oceana webOceana Lott is a California-based eco-fashion blogger traveling the world in search of eco treasures and inspirational stories. She has also written about ecology, intentional community, and spirituality over the past 25 years. While most of her professional career has been in corporate organizational development; magazine editor and educator are also part of background.  Currently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area devoting her time to the USA Fashion Revolution Day campaign and her ecofashion site at www.oceanascanvas.com. You can also follow her on twitter @OceanasCanvas and on facebook at Oceana’s Canvas – Ethical Style.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

BiancaBianca Alexander, Esq. is an EMMY© award winning TV journalist and ethical fashion advocate, in 2007, Bianca launched Conscious Living TV, a digital media platform  covering the people, places and pioneers on the front lines of sustainability and evolution. Bianca has curated and produced several of the top eco-fashion shows in the U.S., including Vert Couture and T.H.R.E.A.D.S., and has covered the ethical fashion movement from the runways of Paris to New York and L.A.  Bianca speaks around the world on sustainable fashion, including at the World Congress on Organic Cotton in Interlaken, the Textile Exchange, and Green Festivals across the U.S. Bianca is a graduate of Princeton and the University of Virginia School of Law. Connect with her on twitter @ConsciousTV or Conscious Living TV’s facebook fan page.

DIRECTOR OF BRANDS/RETAILERS

Starre webStarre Vartan is an author, writer, and artist whose work concentrates on sustainability in consumer products, including a focus on vernacular, nature-based, and eco design. Recognized as an ethical lifestyles expert (by the New York Times, Glamour, Self and Treehugger.com), she is the publisher of the award-winning Eco-chick.com, a columnist at MNN.com, and has contributed to Audubon, Whole Living, Coco Eco and Metropolis magazines, Elle.com, and the Huffington Post. She holds a BS degree in Geology from Syracuse University and an MFA in writing from Columbia University; her creative writing has been published in the American Literary Review.

DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Nichter Eissa WeddingDomenica Peterson is passionate about working to improve the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry. In 2010 she co-founded the non-profit Global Action Through Fashion (GATF) with the vision to create a more equitable and sustainable world through fashion. Prior to GATF, Domenica worked with pioneers in ethical fashion including U.S. based Fair Trade leader Fair Trade USA and the Fair Trade Fashion label PeopleTree in London where she did PR. Domenica is also a couture seamstress and sewed for NATAN in Brussels and managed production for Mark Zunino in Beverly Hills. In addition to GATF, Domenica sews couture clothing in LA and is a contributing writer for eBay Green, Coco Eco, Ecouterre and Darling Magazine.

DIRECTOR OF CONSUMER PROGRAMS

Jasmin webJasmin Malik Chua – Jasmin is the managing editor of Ecouterre, the leading online website about sustainability in fashion. A 15-year veteran of the publishing industry, Chua has an M.S. in biomedical journalism from New York University, where she was a founding fellow of the literary reportage program, and a B.S. in animal biology form the National University of Singapore. She’s been published in online and print publication such as Alive, Computer Shopper, LiveScience, Plenty, Sprig, TreeHugger, the Huffington Post, and Inhabitat, and quoted as a green expert by the New York Times, BBC Radio, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and People.

JohannaJohanna Björk, a designer by trade, was born with a passion for storytelling and style. She works in the intersection of design, fashion and sustainability, through her own design consultancy, as partner in creative agency MOJO Projects, vice president of Global Action Through Fashion, and as a freelance writer. Born and raised in Sweden, she’s lived and worked in Miami, NYC and, currently, Southern California. Johanna loves thrift shops, leafy green vegetables and books, and wishes she was a better seamstress. On her site, Goodlifer, she shares stories, discoveries, tips and reflections around the true essence of the Good Life.

Other Board Members:

 

Sass webSass Brown is originally from London, England, Sass Brown is Assistant Dean for the School of Art and Design at F.I.T. NY. As a researcher, writer and educator, her area of expertise is eco fashion, in all of its various expressions, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. She has published papers, spoken, taught and advised women’s cooperatives, educational institutions, governmental agencies, NGO’s, SME’s and the creative industries around the world on the topic of sustainable design. Brown promotes the best in eco fashion design, through a multitude of media including her books and her website www.ecofashiontalk.com.

Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Kelsey Timmerman is the author of WHERE AM I WEARING? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes, which recounts his journey to Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Honduras, and Ethiopia to meet the people who made his clothes.  Kelsey regularly visits universities around the world to share his story of global connection. Whether on the page or stage he seeks to connect people through stories to strengthen community.  More info at www.kelseytimmerman.com.

Kate S webKate Sekules is the founder of Refashioner, a New York based buy-sell-swap community marketplace for personal clothing, celebrating the stories in our closets, and campaigning for Slow Fashion. Kate has been involved in secondhand clothing since founding her first vintage business at 19 in her native London, and has also promoted sustainability in food and travel for two decades as a journalist, editing and writing for, among others, Food & Wine, Culture + Travel, Travel + Leisure, Gourmet, Conde Nast Digital, O, Vogue, the New York Times, and Departures. Her memoir about being a professional boxer was reissued for the 2012 Olympics.

Communications

Communications

Shannon Whitehead – Shannon is a sustainable apparel consultant for consumers, designers and established brands. In 2010, she co-founded {r}evolution apparel, a sustainable clothing company for female travelers and minimalists that was featured in The New York Times, Forbes.com, TheWallStreetJournal.com and Yahoo! News. Shannon has appeared as a speaker at the World Education Congress, ECO Fashion Week, The Bainbridge Graduate Institute, and as a guest lecturer at San Francisco’s Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Learn more about her work at http://www.shannonwhitehead.com or follow her on Twitter at @shannlw.

carment artigasCarmen Artigas is a sustainable designer, consultant, and speaker, specializing in integrating ethical practices within the fashion industry. With over 20 years of design experience working with brands from high-end to mass-market such as Donna Karan, Swatch, Kate Spade, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart. Currently, she advises start-ups, established brands and trade organizations interested in improving their sourcing, manufacturing and labor practices. Her goal is to help build resilient businesses, while minimizing their human and environmental impact.

  Carmen has spearheaded the sustainable design curricula and undergraduate programs at three major design universities: Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons the New School for Design, and Pratt Institute.

Communications

Communications

Lanni Lantto is taking upcycling mainstream.  Deemed a “Curator of the Upcycle Fashion Movement”, she’s spent the last 7 years promoting upcycled fashion design in the United States.  Lanni creates “clothing that tells a story” in order to inspire a society to rethink their choices as consumers and influence the fashion industry to reduce their waste stream.  She is Co-Creator of Upper Michigan’s 1st ever (RE)design Fashion & Art Show, which highlights the innovative artistry of upcycling artists & has shown in numerous eco-fashion shows in the US and internationally.  Along with being a designer, she teaches Wardrobe REdesign Workshops & gives Eco-Closet Make-Overs.  Through her Los Angeles-based label, (RE), Lanni’s mission is to bring the concept of creative reuse into the media spotlight.

Matt webMatt Reynolds is President and Co-founder of Indigenous Corporation, a leading premium organic apparel brand and producer of hand-crafted fair trade clothing. He has won dozens of awards and received numerous accolades, including “Top Innovator Award” from Apparel Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazines “Young Millionaire”, and singled out as a leader in socially conscious apparel by the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Examiner, Yoga Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Sustainable Industries.  Matt has also lectured extensively, both on branding and with regards to issues of sustainability in fashion and business, at a multitude of venues including Stanford University, Sonoma State School of Business, WWDMAGIC and Prompex, Lima Peru.

Communications

Event Coordinator and Communications

Kestrel Jenkins is a globetrotter with small-town Wisconsin spirit. She has lived in Chile, London, Madrid & New York, soaking up and absorbing every moment of fashion and difference along the way. She has worked with People Tree, Global Action Through Fashion, The GreenShows, FashionMeGreen, Fashioning Change, Ecouterre, Inhabitat & EcoSalon. She loves words & garments, and reorganizing them both. For Kestrel, fashion is her favorite way to share stories. Her most recent endeavor, AWEAR, is a style-driven project intended to help inspire us to think about where our clothes are made, what they are made of, and who makes them.

Consumer Programs

Consumer Programs

Greta Eagan is a writer and stylist who focuses on merging style + ethics, without sacrifice. She is the founder of FashionMeGreen.com, a site dedicated to supplying fashion and beauty inspiration with style standards as high as the eco ones. She is also the author of Wear No Evil: How to Change the World with Your Wardrobe, a how-to style book for shopping anywhere and building a sustainable wardrobe (release Spring 2014). Follow her at @gretaeagan on both Twitter and Instagram.

Yomi webYomi Abiola has carved a new niche in the fashion industry. The first African face for Maybelline cosmetics, Yomi has graced the pages of Vogue Italia, British Elle, Harpers Bazaar to name but a few. Whilst embarking on an international career, Yomi has merged two worlds and two passions by adding journalism to her repertoire. Enjoying both sides of the lens, She uses her perspective to fuel her mission of transforming the way beauty is perceived internationally. She is the founder of Stand Up For Fashion (STUFF) a platform that generates creative solutions to social issues within the fashion industry. She is a graduate of both Columbia School of Journalism and Sciences-Po Paris.

Jessica webJessica Marati is an MBA candidate at NYU’s Stern School of Business who is passionate about the intersections of sustainability, style, and social change. Prior to business school, she worked as a writer, community builder, and entrepreneur, most recently with Tout Le Monde, an e-commerce site and blog exploring the world of socially responsible style. At Stern, she serves as a graduate fellow with the school’s Center for Business and Human Rights, building community and conducting research around the Center’s efforts to unite stakeholders and improve working conditions in the Bangladesh garment sector.

Brands

Brands

Amy DuFault is a sustainable fashion writer often found on Ecouterre and The Guardian. In addition to being the former editor of EcoSalon, the co-owner of an eco-boutique and a rep for sustainable designers, she coaches and connects the sustainable fashion community.

Marci webMarci Zaroff coined the term & pioneered the market for ECOfashion® and has been an internationally-recognized expert, innovator & educator for over two decades. Co-Founder of “The Institute for Integrative Nutrition”, Founder of “Under the Canopy” and “FASE”, and President of Portico Brands, Marci was also instrumental in developing the GOTS and Fair Trade Textile standards – driving authenticity, environmental leadership & social justice worldwide. Producer of “THREAD” Documentary and Director on numerous Boards, Marci is featured in the book: “Eco Amazons: 20 Women Who are Transforming the World” and has received countless recognitions, including New York Moves “Power Woman Award”, Fashion Group International’s “Rising Star Award” and a prestigious “Henry Crown Fellowship” of The Aspen Institute.

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