Ngozi Okaro - Executive Director
Ngozi 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.
Daniel Concepcion - Lead Instructor
Daniel is a fashion designer and pattern maker with experience in women's and men's ready-to-wear and made-to-measure. As a young practitioner who sharpened his skills and aesthetic under the wing of the best designers in the industry, he gives back by sharing his knowledge to the people he works with.
Veronica Jones - Entrepreneurship Coach
Veronica 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.
Elisa Koizumi - Production Manager
Elisa is a veteran design professional who focuses on sustainability, fashion design, and product development. She wears her "veteran" status as a badge of honor; one because she has endured this crazy industry through its constant turns; two, because those changes have guided her towards being nimble, responsive, open-minded, and forward thinking; and three, because her core foundation of solid training and mentored experience have never faltered, and have been her rock throughout. MA and Sustainable Design and Sourcing Certificate: Fashion Institute of Technology; BFA: SUNY Purchase.
Ruth Conner - Communications Manager
Veteran promotional writer Ruth 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 works 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.