Meet the Nashville Fashion Alliance Team

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Julia Dyer // Director of Engagement

Julia Dyer joined the NFA management team in August of 2016. She is responsible for marketing, communication, and community engagement.

Julia spent two years living in Washington, DC, before moving to Nashville, where her family moved while she was an undergrad at the University of Kentucky. In DC, Julia started as a Research Analyst at CEB focused on client relations, product improvement and industry research for heads of R&D at Fortune 500 companies. After a year, she was recruited to join POLITICO’s Audience Solutions team to create a revenue analysis and reporting function.  

While in DC, Julia kept track of Nashville’s growing fashion industry and joined the NFA as one of the first affiliate members. She used the NFA's resources from afar, connecting with other members to understand where her skills aligned with industry needs. The NFA's resources eventually helped her to land at the NFA in her current role. 

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Hunter Claire Rogers // Director of Opportunity

Hunter Claire is the newest member of the NFA team. With a love of local and sustainable fashion, she is excited to apply her previous knowledge of event and nonprofit work to her role as the NFA’s Director of Opportunity. Her responsibilities include event and fund development direction.

After spending a year teaching English in Paris at the Maison d'éducation de la Légion d'honneur, Hunter Claire spent the next four years earning her French and Politics degree at the University of Edinburgh and the Institute D’études politiques in Lyon. She took her love of communication learned through her five years in Europe back to her hometown and into the nonprofit world, working with Arts In Healthcare, Women for Tennessee’s Future, and Vision Philanthropy. She also co-founded and developed an event and social media presence, Fashion Happening Nashville, which spotlights local fashion, accessory, and design. Through this event, she became a member of the NFA in 2015, assisting with the curation of the NFA’s Reclamation Event in September 2016.

Hunter Claire has spent the past three years honing her events and coordinating skills at Big Machine Label Group in their Creative Department. She spends her free time spotlighting the local fashion community through her street style blog, Rouge Rogue.

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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. She is a Myers Briggs Certified Master Practitioner who consults with start-ups to Fortune 100 companies to customize leadership development initiatives tailored to the individual’s personality and company’s objectives.