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Eric Johnson '98 & Kathleen Rogers

August 28, 2017

Eric Johnson '98 and Kathleen Rogers, parent of alumni, were featured on the 8.28.17 St. Louis Business Journal website. "The Saint Louis Fashion Fund is looking for a new executive director after its previous leader, Eric Johnson, resigned to pursue other opportunities. Fashion Fund CFO Kathleen Rogers will serve as interim director until a new executive director is found. Johnson, who has led the nonprofit since it was founded in February 2016, was making $175,000 in his role. Prior to his work with the Fashion Fund, Johnson, a St. Louis native, was vice president of fashion and arts of the New York City Economic Development Corp. 'The program of work we have set in motion will have a long-term positive impact on the business of fashion here in St. Louis,' Johnson said in a statement. 'I look forward to seeing how the fund continues its incredible momentum and wish them all the best.' The nonprofit supports budding designers and fashion startups. Its signature program, the Saint Louis Fashion Fund Incubator, is a two-year residency in which designers receive mentorship, education, free studio space and a stipend. The Saint Louis Fashion Fund launched a $2 million capital campaign in November 2015, called the Campaign for Fashion, and has raised $1.78 million of that total thus far. The Fashion Fund is based in St. Louis’ former Garment District at 1533 Washington Ave. 'As we move into the second phase of our mission, we are delighted that Kathleen will lead our talented team of designers and staff during this transition period to search for a new director who will continue supporting our designers with world class programming to help accelerate the growth of their brands and take their businesses to the next level,' the fund's board chair, Susan Sherman [also a parent of a JBS alumnus], said in a statement. 'The new director will be charged with focusing on small batch production, job creation, and economic development in the former Garment District in the city of St. Louis.' For 2016, the Saint Louis Fashion Fund reported revenue of $774,724 and expenses of $552,869, according to a company spokeswoman."