Sing for Hope Board Member CaSandra Diggs Named President of Council of Fashion Designers of America

Pictured: CaSandra Diggs during the Sing For Hope Gala 2019 on October 28, 2019, in New York City. Photo: Gonzalo Marroquin for Patrick McMullan (Getty Images)

“A major seat at fashion’s proverbial table has just been filled!” – Maiysha Kai

Immense congrats to Sing for Hope Board Member CaSandra Diggs!

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) have announced the promotion of former Chief Administrative and Financial Officer CaSandra Diggs to President of the organization. A Sing for Hope board member since 2016, Diggs makes history as the first Black President to lead the famed fashion brand.

In her new role, Diggs will report to CFDA CEO Steven Kolb and the Board of Directors, of which designer Tom Ford is current chairman. According to the CFDA, “she will be charged with developing strategy and making decisions that further the CFDA’s purpose to champion, educate, and support its membership and the fashion industry-at-large.”

“CaSandra is an innovative thinker with a strong understanding of organizational and business operations,” said Kolb, in a statement today. “Expanding her role will provide the CFDA with more opportunity to meet the needs of the membership in a broad and diverse way. It is a critical time for our industry, and she is the right person with the right ideas to help lead CFDA into the future.”

“CFDA remains a vital pillar of the fashion community,” Diggs said in the announcement of her promotion. “I am delighted to join Tom Ford and Steven Kolb as we continue to advance and evolve the CFDA into a modern, forward-thinking organization that is reflective of our times.”

The CFDA is a resource for both well-known and lesser-known designers, recently joining forces with Harlem’s Fashion Row to help create the ICON 360 Fund, a $1 million fund for BIPoC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) designers affected by the COVID crisis, among other initiatives.

Responding to the news, Sing for Hope Co-Founders Camille Zamora and Monica Yunus said, “Everyone who has the good fortune to work with CaSandra is inspired by her rare combination of brilliance and down-to-earth warmth. Her ongoing contributions to the Sing for Hope board, which she joined four years ago, can’t be overstated, and her guidance on our finance committee is key. The CFDA is truly lucky, as is SFH, to have her guide its next chapter!”

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