Board of Directors

Sara Ziff is the founding director of the Model Alliance. She has worked as a model for nearly two decades and produced the feature documentary Picture Me, which chronicles her and other models’ experiences of their industry. Sara spearheaded and oversaw efforts to extend labor protections to child fashion models in New York State. She also helped to draft and introduce legislation that would create the first federal protections for child performers. Sara received her B.A. from Columbia University and her M.P.A. from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.


Dorian Warren  is President of the Center for Community Change Action (CCCA) and Vice-President of the Center for Community Change (CCC). He is also a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. A progressive scholar, organizer and media personality, Warren has worked to advance racial, economic and social justice for over two decades. He previously taught for over a decade at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, where he was Co-Director of the Columbia University Program on Labor Law and Policy. Warren also worked at MSNBC where he was a Contributor, Host and Executive Producer of “Nerding Out” on MSNBC’s digital platform. Warren received his B.A. from the University of Illinois and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.


Karen Elson was born and raised in the industrial town of Oldham, in the north of England, fashion was not an obvious career choice for Karen Elson. And, yet, with a career now well into its second decade, Elson has become one of the industry’s lasting faces. She has walked the runways for brands including Chanel, Dior and Gucci and her campaigns include Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Versace and Burberry. A regular in the pages of Vogue, she has graced the covers of more than 30 issues of the international Vogue’s as well as W, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Numero, Jalouse, Dazed & Confused, i-D and Muse. She lives with her two children in Nashville, TN and has released two albums of her own music; the most recent, the critically lauded ‘Double Roses’ was released in spring.


Agatha Schmaedick Tan former Associate General Counsel of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), is a human rights advocate with over fifteen years of experience both in the U.S. and internationally. As a founding member of the United Students Against Sweatshops and the Worker Rights Consortium, Agatha helped to uncover and resolve many abuses in the global garment industry through harnessing and combining consumers’ and workers’ power to hold apparel retailers accountable to abuses in their supply chains. Prior to joining the CIW, Agatha served as the Senior Advisor on Labor Trafficking at Polaris, which operates the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. Agatha has also represented low-income immigrant workers in matters of employment and immigration law, including representing survivors of human trafficking in civil and criminal cases. Agatha earned her J.D. from Georgetown, where she attended as a Public Interest Law Scholar and was awarded the ABA Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law.


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