Brooks: Prior to her fashion journey, Christine served as the program manager for Mayor Anthony Williams of Washington, DC managing victims of crime accounts worth over $2 million annually. In addition, Christine co-owned and operated StyleMovement Consultants, a fashion show event planning company and managed and provided marketing/pr strategies for fashion designers. Key clients included: Dona Adrian, costume supervisor for the 2004 Peabody Award-winning HBO drama series “The Wire”, the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Association and the Smithsonian Institute Folklife Festival. At present, Christine is spearheading a fashion initiative that will change the way the world will view Washington, DC, she formed the DC Fashion Council and launched a new Chamber of Commerce-The Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce.

The DC Fashion Council, an advisory body made up of a group of designers and industry leaders to promote the fashion industry in Washington, DC to lobby to get Bill No. 17-173 to create the Commission on Fashion Arts and Events passed in DC government. Under the leadership of Ms. Brooks-Cropper, founder,President & CEO of the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, she spearheaded the lobbying efforts, drafted the language and made the changes to the Bill that was passed by the Committee on Economic Development and is going before the full DC City Council for vote. In addition, these organizations have successfully identified ways to retain and support new and established designers and assist design students transitioning from school to career.  Her dedication to DC’s fashion community is evident in her service. Before the successful charter of the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, a 501c6 non-profit trade association, she started the process to implement activities outlined in the Bill to include introducing fashion youth programs into various Parks & Recreation Centers and Boys & Girls Clubs. She is currently working with the Deputy Mayor’s Office on Economic Development to create the first DC Fashion Incubator program that will assist emerging designers and fashion small business owners. Her other accomplishments include the coordination of The Fashion Forum 1: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Fashion Capital, produced the 2007 Capital Catwalk with DC-based fashion designer Lenny Yorke for the High Tea Society, implemented the Charming by Design: Fashion Entrepreneurial Camp in collaboration with the High Tea Society, serving as program advisor for the Art Institute of Washington DC and University of District of Columbia Fashion Programs, keynote speaker for various fashion events to include the DC Fashionista Group and the International Ethical Fashion Show for Avani Ribbon and the World Bank, coordination of the first Fashion Freedom Rally on Freedom Plaza, attended over 50 events, conducted over 300 advocacy meetings for the fashion industry, connected several designers and retailers to customers, business services and press to date.