Meet the Nashville Fashion Alliance Team

 portrait by Heidi ross

portrait by Heidi ross

Van Tucker // CEO

Since 2013, Van has led Nashville's fashion industry through the organizational process through a collaborative, organic approach, working with over 150 fashion brands and advisors.

The Franklin, Tennessee, native began her career in banking and financial services career as a teller in 1976. She worked at Bank of America for nearly two decades, developing and executing new initiatives. Van and her teams developed the first captive markets business program, and she led the first national entertainment industry team for BOA. She was a co-founder of Avenue Bank as Chief Creative Officer until 2008, responsible for the development of the brand, and the entertainment industry focus.

Connection and servant leadership are hallmark characteristics. She is a mentor at The Entrepreneur Center and the Arts & Business Council’s Periscope Program. Van has served on many community boards from the Girl Scouts to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. She was president of Leadership Music in 2005-2006, and a founding member of several organizations including the Americana Music Association, Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and the Arts & Business Council.

Van received her MBA in 1996 from The Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a Myers Briggs Certified Master Practitioner.  Van is a Nashville Business Journal Woman of Influence and was named a 2017 Forty Over 40 women disruptors to watch. 


Callahan Woodbery // Director of Members and Programming

Callahan Woodbery joined the NFA team in 2018 as the Support Services Manager.  She brings with her a passion for developing systems to support creative organizations and a love for the fashion industry - from cotton farmers to couture and all the relationships that happen in between. 

After completing her undergraduate degree in Anthropology at the University of Georgia, she went on to pursue a Masters of Arts in Community Art & Public Policy at Wesley Theological Seminary in conjunction with American University; thus further cementing her dedication to making space for creative industries to thrive. 

Originally from Georgia with detours around the world with her military family, Callahan began her career in the arts in middle school as a backstage volunteer. She went on to intern in community-building and donor relations capacities at the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville and Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C. When she settled in Nashville in 2014, she began working with Imogene & Willie in customer support and fulfillment. Most recently, Callahan was the Assistant Curator for Contemporary Art at Cheekwood Museum of Art.