On January 22, 2016 I testified before the DC City Council Committee on Business, Consumer, and Regulatory Affairs as a nominee to the DC Commission on Fashion, Arts, and Events (CFAE)
The CFAE exists to:
“advise the Mayor, the Council and the public on the views and needs of the fashion and beauty communities in the District. It was created for the purposes of implementing the following programs and initiatives:
- Promoting the District as a location for holding fashion and beauty events, which will enhance the District’s economic development through, among other things, tourism, cultural affairs, job opportunities, entertainment, business development, and national and international exposure
- Providing community initiatives to benefit school-aged children living in the District, including encouraging the pursuit of career technical skills and higher education by implementing a school-based program in the field of fashion design, merchandising and beauty, and offering scholarships and internships to students pursuing careers in beauty/fashion industries to help students in transitioning from school to career
- Researching and making recommendations for the development, construction and implementation of a Fashion Retail Corridor that will serve as a centralized shopping destination featuring local, national and international fashion designers and boutiques in the District of Columbia; and making recommendations on any other fashion retail development projects throughout the city
- Creating partnerships between the fashion and business communities will stimulate economic development through targeted fashion marketing, workforce development, training and business development and will reposition the District as a fashion destination.”
Washington, D.C. has a thriving creative economy. Over 16% of jobs in DC are in the creative economy. We must work to support these jobs and the businesses that employ. Once confirmed, I will work with District Government to support the creative economy in the District and highlight the needs and work of fashion and beauty entrepreneurs.
Read my hearing testimony below and click HERE to view the hearing video.