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.


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.


Paula Viola is an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York and a former fashion model.  She has a diverse litigation practice that includes a broad range of labor, employment and constitutional law matters and maintains a pro bono practice dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights.

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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