The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) recently announced the promotion of CaSandra Diggs to president of the fashion organization. Diggs makes history as she is the first Black woman to sit at the helm of the association after serving as former chief administrative and financial officer to the brand.
Per the CFDA, Diggs is a fashion industry veteran having been with the alliance since 2001. In her new position, Diggs will be in charge of developing strategy and making decisions that further the CFDA’s purpose to champion, educate and support its membership and the fashion industry-at-large. The article further states, as the new president of the nonprofit trade association, she will report to CFDA CEO Steven Kolb and the board of directors, of which designer Tom Ford is currently chairman.
Due to the rise of social justice protests nationally and internationally, the fashion industry has had to acknowledged race and power dynamics within the fashion community. Over the past few months, many organizations have poured into Black curators and appointing Black leadership to start to enact change from within.
In regards to the news, Kolb said, “CaSandra is an innovative thinker with a strong understanding of organizational and business operations. Expanding her role will provide the CFDA with more opportunity to meet the needs of the membership in a broad and diverse way. It is a critical time for our industry, and she is the right person with the right ideas to help lead CFDA into the future.”
Diggs concluded, “CFDA remains a vital pillar of the fashion community. I am delighted to join Tom Ford and Steven Kolb as we continue to advance and evolve the CFDA into a modern, forward thinking organization that is reflective of our times.”