Ngozi Okaro - Executive Director
Ngozi, Executive Director, is as an advocate for socioeconomic justice. Tall since birth, she understands the challenges facing women who love nice clothes but whose bodies do not conform to ready-to-wear’s template—which represents the majority of US clothing buyers. Ngozi aims to serve two constituencies, meeting both the need of fashion-industry workers for fair compensation and the demand of thoughtful consumers for quality clothes.
Ben Pinpin - Production Coordinator
Ben is Custom Collaborative's Production Coordinator. Before joining us, Ben was founding Creative Director of Mood Fabrics "Mood U School". He graduated from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and is enrolled in the Production Management program at FIT
Veronica Jones - Business Development Manager
Veronica Jones has led a storied career in fashion. Rising from assistant buyer to buyer of contemporary sportswear for major department stores. She traveled across Europe to view collections by Kenzo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, Gianni Versace, Blumarine, and Fiorucci. Veronica transitioned from retail to wholesale to become Vice President of Gene Ewing Bis, later opening The Veronica Jones Showroom, her first entrepreneurial venture selling American designers. She is currently a fashion retail consultant advising emerging designers & retailers how to navigate the business of fashion.
Ruth Conner - Communications Manager
Veteran promotional writer Ruth Conner has served more than 100 organizations—from Fortune 50s to nonprofit start-ups—while helping others learn to write competently as a community college adjunct professor of English Composition. Today Ruth is privileged to deploy her skills in the cause of expanding economic and social opportunity through her support of Custom Collaborative’s communications initiatives.
Brenna Dolan - Operations Fellow
Brenna is Custom Collaborative's Operations Fellow working with Ngozi and team members to implement action plans for day-to-day and project management. As a recent alumni of the Fashion Institute of Technology's Fashion Business Management BS with an Ethics and Sustainability minor, Brenna contributes her passion for developing a more socially, environmentally, and economical sustainable fashion industry.
Harvey Mogojwe - Web and digital Consultant
Harvey is Custom Collaborative's web development and digital media consultant. He is based in Gaborone, Botswana where he works full-time as a communications consultant. He is a Williams College theatre graduate.