Board of Directors

Sara Ziff is the Founder and Executive Director of the Model Alliance. She has worked as a model for over a decade, walking in runway shows for Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel, and appearing as the face of Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, and Stella McCartney. She is currently represented by the Marilyn agency. In 2009, she co-directed and produced the feature film Picture Me, which chronicles her and other models’ experiences of their industry. Sara earned a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University.



Coco Rocha never expected to become one of modeling’s brightest stars. After being scouted at an Irish dance competition in her hometown of Vancouver, she soon landed her first cover of Italian Vogue with world-renowned photographer Steven Meisel. Coco has since positioned herself as one of the most digitally savvy models of her generation with her highly followed blog and social media platforms. She is one of the few industry insiders who have spoken out about the prevalence of eating disorders in the modeling industry and the need for reform. A resident of New York City, Coco spends her free time working with charities SenhoaLakayPam and Strut For A Cure


Susan Scafidi is the Director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School, and she is the first U.S. law professor to offer a course in fashion law. Her areas of expertise encompass property, intellectual property, cultural property, international law, trusts & estates, and legal history. Prior to teaching at Fordham, she was most recently a tenured member of both the law and history faculties at Southern Methodist University and taught at a number of other law schools, including Yale and Georgetown. Professor Scafidi also writes a blog on law and fashion, in particular intellectual property, Counterfeit Chic.


Dorian Warren is an assistant professor of American Politics at Columbia University who specializes in the study of inequality and American politics, focusing on the politics of marginalized groups. His research and teaching interests include labor organizing and politics, race and ethnic politics, urban politics and policy, American political development, community organizing, public policy, and social science methodology.


Doreen Small is a founding partner of Marquart & Small, LLP and a highly regarded fashion and intellectual property lawyer. She is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School’s Fashion Law Institute where, along with Ali Grace Marquart, she created and teaches the first-ever course in fashion modeling law. Doreen has served as in-house counsel for a number of entertainment and fashion companies, including NBC and Warnaco, and most recently as General Counsel/ VP Legal and Business Affairs for Ford Models, Inc.

Advisory Board

Alan S. Gordon  (National Executive Director, American Guild of Musical Artists)

Alexandra Simmerson  (Deputy Director, Model Alliance)

Alise Shoemaker  (Model)

Alison Nix  (Model)

Carré Otis  (Model; Author; Ambassador, National Eating Disorders Association)

Chan Kim  (Model) 

Chris Gay (Executive Director of North American Operations, Elite World Group; General Manager, The Society)

Deborah Allton-Maher  (Associate Executive Director, AGMA) 

Flora Stamatiades  (National Director of Organizing and Special Projects, Actors’ Equity)

Hannelore Knuts  (Model)

James Scully (Casting Director)

Jeff Tse  (Photographer)

Jenna Sauers  (Journalist)

Jennifer Sky  (Writer; Former Model and Actress)

Kelli DeSantis  (Web Developer, Model Alliance)

Meredith Hattam  (Graphic Designer, Model Alliance) 

Milla Jovovich  (Model; Actress)  

Rachel Blais  (Model; Blogger)

Shalom Harlow  (Model; Actress)

Tracy Murphy  (Makeup Artist)  

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