Vanessa Howard

Board Member

Vanessa Howard has been in the fashion apparel industry for over 30 years in merchandising, design, sales, and manufacturing. She has worked as a corporate sales representative for the West Coast Region for some of the top clothing designers. She was responsible for a multi- million dollar sales territory that included specialty boutiques and major retailers.

Vanessa was the proprietor of her own Independent Apparel Showroom in the California Mart for 15 years. This experienced allowed her to evolve as a manufacturer of her own clothing line (Spin Studio) for the past 16 years. Spin Studio is an upscale women’s clothing line sold by several specialty boutiques nationally.

Vanessa is a community advocate for youth through mentoring and community volunteering.
She has served as trustee board chairman at her church, lead a mentoring program, worked as chair with a non-profit entity, and served on the parent board at Westside Neighborhood School.

Vanessa is actively involved (past President) in the local Morehouse College Parent Association and the National Morehouse College Parent Council where she served on the Executive Board for 6 years in positions as chairman and vice chairman. Vanessa has also served in fundraising capacities for Morehouse College. Her passion is to insure every young person is allowed to get the best education available to them. Vanessa graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta where she majored in Fashion Merchandising. She is married to Judson, and has two sons – Garrett and Miles.