The Commissioners of The Commission on Fashion Arts and Events serve and represent the Fashion and Beauty industry in DC by advising and making recommendations to local government for the purpose of developing programming, resources, and strategies for a thriving fashion industry landscape in the nation's capitol. We encourage you to reach out to your Commissioners via the contact link on this page.
Lanaysha Jackson, "L"
Interim Chairman of The Commission on Fashion Arts and Events
At-Large Committee Member
L. Jackson contributes over 20 years of fashion industry experience composed of fashion design work, the successful development of a 5 year full-time wardrobe styling client book, multi-state retail and wholesale luxury goods Account Management, small business consulting, and an Interdisciplinary Fashion education, to The Mayors Commission on Fashion Arts and Events. Jackson began supporting the initiatives of the Commission in 2016 as a DC fashion community member and small business owner. After joining the Retail Committee of the Commission she was selected as a Co-Chair on the committee. In 2018, she was appointed to Commissioner by Mayor Muriel Bowser and continued the work of her role on the Retail Committee. In 2019 Jackson was voted unanimously into the Vice Chair position of the Commission and has since been appointed by the Mayor to serve the DC fashion and beauty community as Interim Chairman.
Retail Development and Innovation Committee Chairman
Vice Chair Terrell is a native Washingtonian and co-founder of the Commission on Fashion Arts and Events. Since drafting Bill 17-173 to create the CFAE in 2006, Mariessa has worked to brand the District of Columbia as a fashion destination. In addition to her DC government work, Mariessa has been practicing law for over 20 years specializing in trademark, licensing and contract services. An alumnus of Howard Law School, Mariessa returned to HUSL in 2015 to teach fashion and trademark law. Presently, Mariessa produces #DCisFashion, an episodic DCN tv show profiling DC creatives and educating them on ways to protect their creativity using intellectual property law. In addition, to her work in fashion, Mariessa services as Director of the High Tea Society mentoring program for DC girls.
Events and Community Giving Committee Chairman
Commissioner Jason Anthony is a DC native from Ward 7. Jason has worked as a media producer, in television and radio for the last 10 years. While developing projects in fashion and stage events, Jason has become a branding and engagement expert. This while working actively with brands such as Prada and Rolls Royce.. Mr. Anthony hopes to organize initiatives that will grow the fashion and beauty retail sector of the city's commercial economy. When not in service to his Commission and the Mayor's office, Jason can be found volunteering and feeding the homeless at the Georgetown Ministries Center.
Events and Community Giving Committee
Commissioner LeGreg Harrison is an American Marketing Executive most known for his professional contributions during his tenure at Apple Bottoms, Live Mechanics, Nuvo and as the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Board Administration alongside Warner Bros Records Recording Artist/DC Native Wale Folarin. His latest business ventures include The Museum DC Fashion/Art Gallery, Flee Market Gallery & Recording Label, Legacy Established. LeGreg was honored as 1 of 100 Black Enterprises Be Modern Men in 2016. He was also featured as one of the top industry life-stylist for Washington DC in the Complex Magazine series/documentary called "Run The Underground." LeGreg is currently running his DC-based Marketing firm, Organic Goodz and consulting for brands such as Under Armour, Warner Bros Records and several Professional Athletes.
Careers and Education Chairman
Commissioner Emilia Ferrara is a born-and-raised Washingtonian, an author, editor and teacher, and has worked as a fashion journalist for over 10 years. After attending the National Cathedral School, she earned her B.A. in English and Philosophy from Georgetown University, graduating Cum Laude. She immediately matriculated to Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she earned her masters and began working at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. In 2016 Ferrara founded Capitally Magazine, an online publication reporting on sustainable fashion, green beauty and wellness. Ferrara’s first book, Mag World: Mad Magazines, Fad Fashion, Bad Beauty and Finding the Way Out was published in 2017 by Gilbert Robinson. In 2019, the D.C. Sustainable Fashion Collective invited her to be a board member. In addition to her role as board member, she currently serves as editor-in-chief of Capitally Magazine and is an adjunct at Georgetown, teaching fashion journalism.
Careers and Education Committee Co-Chair
Commissioner Deidre Jefferies is an award-winning luxury womenswear designer and owner of ESPION Atelier with a diverse creative background in design, branding, partnerships, entrepreneurship, business development and expert public speaking. Awards and lists include; Designer of the Year by The Washington Post, CVS MirrorMirror Award, Ebony magazine's "Top 12 Designers to Watch," For Harriet "Women in Power" and more. Her collections have been published in Black Enterprise, Worn Mag, ESSENCE Mag, Modern Luxury, British VOGUE and more. Sponsors and partnerships include Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Coca-Cola, Smartwater, Finn Partners, Oprah Winfrey Network, Good Morning America, Smithsonian and feature film LUV. Ms. Jefferies' public speaking gained the honorable appointment to serve on President Obama’s White House business roundtable on international trade. She delivers speeches on the business of fashion, technology, textiles, entrepreneurship, branding, corporate culture and wealth across the country.
Marketing and External Communications Committee Chair
Commissioner Brandon Andrews is a fashion model, former Capitol Hill staffer, and entrepreneur. He provides strategic council on communications, policy, and partnerships; helping entrepreneurs in the creative economy navigate local, state and federal government. Working at the intersection of entertainment and policy, he engages and advises thousands of entrepreneurs through casting for ABC's Shark Tank.
Marketing and External Communications Committee Co-Chair
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