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

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

Erik Seel, CEO, FashInvest and Innovation Capital

Linsey Bozzelli, Lawyer, Blank Rome

Colleen Wyse, Owner, Philadelphia Trunk Show

Jan Heppe, Independent Director

Chris Baeza, Assistant Teaching Professor of Design and Merchandising: Drexel 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.

Nicole Cashman, Owner, Cashman and Associates

Rakia Reynolds, Owner, Skai Blue Media

Kristin Munro, Fashion Editor, Philadelphia Style Magazine

Nicole Kane, Fashion Consultant, Urban Outfitters

Elina Kazan, Senior VP Media Relations, Macy’s

Alisa Frederico, Owner, AMF Consulting Groupe

Mary Dougherty, Owner, Nicole Miller Boutiques

Joan Shepp, Owner, Joan Shepp

Barbara Kahn
, Director of The Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, Wharton

Denise Dahlhoff, Research Director, The Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, Wharton

Danny Noble, Fashion Entrepreneur

Karen Randal, Consultant

Ann Gitter, Owner, The Knit Wit

Elena Brennan, Owner, Bus Stop Boutique

Sharon Phillips Waxman, Owner, SPW Productions

Tony Pipitone, Center City District

Kevin Parker and Kerry Scott, Owners, FBH Style and Philly Fashion Week

Annina King, Designer, Director of PFI Alumni Committee and Philadelphia Fashion Alliance

Rachel Ford, Owner, MADE Studios

Domenica Vinci, Fashion Consultant

Lori Shuster, Owner, Throw Like A Woman Consulting

Debbie Ruth and Annette Tymoski, Owners, Intrigue Fine Apparel

Sarah Rodowicz, Fashion Group International

Ethan Nguyen, The Philly Shops

Cathy Coho, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Fashion Group International

Kelly Lee, Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia

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.