Christine Brooks-Cropper is President and CEO of the DC Fashion Foundation (DCFF). She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Delaware and received a Bachelor of Arts-Sociology degree from Delaware State University. She is a proud mother to her son, Christian and wife to her husband, Troy.
As President and CEO of the DC Fashion Foundation, she identifies ways to retain and support new and established designers, fashion retailers, professionals and assist design students transitioning from school to career. Christine spearheaded the formation of the Commission on Fashion Arts and Events in DC Government, which she currently holds the Chairmanship.
Ms. Brooks-Cropper is a change agent and innovative strategist for the Creative Economy. In 2007, she launched The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce (GWFCC) and in 2009 the DC Fashion Foundation (DCFF) to promote the business interests of those in the Fashion and Style Industries. Through her work at GWFCC she has influenced DC legislation and has established youth and adult arts education programs. She has served on the Creative Economy Transition Team for Mayor Gray which resulted in the launch of the Deputy Mayor Planning and Economic Development’s Creative Economy Strategy 2013, to serve and support other creative businesses. In 2010, she formed the first Congressional Apparel Manufacturing and Fashion Business Caucus on Capitol Hill.
Christine worked with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Macy’s Holdings Inc. to create the DC Fashion Incubator program at Macy’s Metro Center. This program assists emerging designers and fashion small business owners. Her accomplishments have landed her in numerous press outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Business Journal, Voices of America, Uptown Magazine, Washingtonian and Women’s Wear Daily, which designated her as the next fashion advocate leading the fashion industry by creating jobs, in the Washington, DC metro area and the United States, as well as globally.