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The New Fashion Initiative launched with the aim of accelerating sustainable fashion solutions through policy initiatives, educational tools and programming, and citizen engagement. Our Advisory Council, a group of experts in their fields got together on Oct. 16, 2019 at Spring Studios in Lower Manhattan to celebrate a successful year of programming. They discussed further shaping and supporting TNFI’s goals.

In attendance from our Council was Yael Jekogian, women’s rights advocate, environmental engineer, and nonprofit manager; Rachel Tobias, an attorney and adjunct professor at Zicklin School of Business; Jeremy Taub, former Senior Manager of Global Corporate Responsibility at PwC; Joshua Katcher, fashion scholar and designer at Brave GentleMan; team member Libby Fearnley, Instructor at Fashion Institute of Technology and author of adDRESSing Change; Board Member Christian Dietrich, a wildlife preservationist and environmentalist; Elizabeth L. Cline, TNFI’s interim Editor-in-Chief and author of Overdressed and Conscious Closet and Ariele Elias, Industry/Project Coordinator at MFA Fashion Design Program at Fashion Institute of Technology. TNFI Founder Lauren B. Fay, shared some of the organization’s milestones, including the launch of the TNFI x EF Academic Consortium, TNFI’s role in forming the Fashion Waste Policy Alliance, and Sustainable Laundry Week. She also discussed some of the exciting plans for 2020.

The New Fashion Initiative Advisory Council 2019
A few of the members of The New Fashion Initiative Advisory Council 2019. L to R: Joshua Katcher, Jeremy Taub, The New Fashion Initiative Founder Lauren B. Fay, Libby Fearnley, Rachel Tobias, and Elizabeth L. Cline.

Unable to attend but there in spirit were Hunter Lovins, author of Natural Capitalism and Bard MBA in Sustainability professor; Sonia Park, Assistant Vice President Creative and Applied Tech at New York City Economic Development Corporation; Dana Davis, VP of Sustainability at Mara Hoffman; Anna Cummins, marine biologist and Co-Founder of 5Gyres; Mihai Patru, Senior Policy Fellow at University of California, Riverside; Amber Moelter, Co-Founder of Noir Tribe Media; Jenifer Botch, Director of individual philanthropy and Major Gifts at Fair Trade USA; Gabriel Brodbar, Founding Executive Director of NYU’s Social Entrepreneurship Program and now Principal at GB Consulting; Sim Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of Dropel Fabrics; Hilary Jochmans, government affairs consultant and founder of Jochmans Consulting, LLC; Tabitha St. Bernard-Jacobs, designer of Tabii Just; development professional Addavail Coslett and comedian and activist Jordan Carlos.

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