Board of Directors

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City (PFI) Board of Directors is comprised of eight members from the business, academic and fashion communities. The board will be responsible for all PFI policies, fundraising development, budgets and programs.

Margaret Hughes, First Deputy City Representative, City of Philadelphia

Michelle Shannon, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Center City District

Melissa Ludwig, Senior Vice President, Regional Director of Stores, Macy’s

Sheila Connelly, Director and Chair of Fashion Design: Philadelphia University

Roberta Gruber, Director of Fashion Design and Merchandising: Drexel University

Janice Lewis, Director and Chair of Fashion Design: Moore College of Art

David Freschman, CEO, FashInvest and Innovation Capital

Kelley Miller, Lawyer, Reed Smith

Chris Baeza, Director of Fashion Merchandising, Immaculata University

Advisory Committee

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator at Macy’s Center City (PFI) Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from Philadelphia’s fashion and business sectors, including designers, retailers, editors, academic representatives and business leaders. The committee is responsible for reviewing and selecting the Designer-In-Residence (DIR), PFIMCC events along with offering their expertise to PFIMCC on curriculum for DIR.

Mary K. Dougherty, Owner, Nicole Miller Philadelphia

Ed J. Goldberg, Senior Vice President External Affairs, Macy’s

Melanie Johnson, Director of Research and Big Events, City of Philadelphia

Nicole Cashman, President, Cashman & Associates

Jimmy Contreras, Jimmy Style

Alisa Frederico, AMF Consulting Groupe

Rakia Reynolds, Principal, Skai Blu Media

Danny Noble, Designer and Academic, Noble & Co.

Karen Griffith Gryga, CEO, FashInvest

Neil Kleinman, Senior Fellow and Professor, University of the Arts- Corzo Center for Creative Economy

Barbara Kahn, Director, Wharton: Jay H. Baker Retailing Center

Kristin Munro, Editor-In-Chief, Philadelphia Style Magazine

Tony Pipitone, Vice President, Center City District

Elina Kazan, Vice President, Director of Publicity, Macy’s

Deanna Williams, Director of Publicity, Macy’s

Kevin Parker and Kerry Scott, Principals, FBH The Agency

Karen Randal, Director of Business Attraction, City of Philadelphia

Joan Shepp, Owner, Joan Shepp

Elissa Bloom, Executive Director

elissabloom_headshotElissa Bloom is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. With over 18 years of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Elissa brings a unique and fresh understanding to the world of fashion and business. She has worked corporately for Bloomingdales and Anthropologie and has taught fashion entrepreneurship courses at Drexel and Moore. She launched a successful accessory company, Bloomin Designs, which she oversaw for eight years. While managing all aspects of her company including design, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution, Elissa learned what it takes to run a successful fashion company. She has a strong understanding of both the creative and commercial side of business and is committed to sharing her experience with others to help them achieve success in the business world.