ReFashion Show Judges
Thank you to our judges who volunteered their time for our ReFashion Show!
Watch our ReFashion Show live at 7pm on Friday, March 1st.
Six stylists collaborated with donateNYC partner thrift stores to create competing fashion looks that will be critiqued by high-profile judges!
The New York City Department of Sanitation
Acting Commissioner Steven Costas started at the NYC Department of Sanitation more than 30 years ago, beginning his career as a Sanitation Worker assigned to the Bronx in 1987. He also serves as First Deputy Commissioner, responsible for all daily operational aspects of the Department. He has been elevated to the role of Acting Commissioner while Commissioner Kathryn Garcia is on leave to NYCHA as Interim Chair.
Among other achievements during his three decades with the Department, Acting Commissioner Costas has overseen the Department’s movement towards a snow sectoring system, a complete overhaul of snow routes that allows for greater routing efficiencies by eliminating redundant travel mileage between street segments on a given route. He has also been involved in the launch of the SMART system, a computerized structure that allows field personnel to better manage their districts and operational requirements, and the move to paperless districts, an advancement that not only saves resources, but allows for better tracking and bookkeeping methods. And under his leadership, the Department has achieved record levels of street cleanliness citywide. He has previously held the positions of Director of the Bureau of Cleaning and Collection and Director of the Personnel Management Division, among many others.
Acting Commissioner Costas is a 2012 graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government management course given at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. While at the Department, he has fostered a partnership with Autism Speaks and has spearheaded Departmental fund raising. He is also the first Hispanic in the Department’s 88 year history to rise through the ranks to the First Deputy Commissioner position.
Renew Designer, EILEEN FISHER
Carmen Gama is a New York-based designer born and raised in Mexico. She attended Parsons The New School for Design in New York and graduated as a finalist for the ‘Designer of the Year’ Award, Class of 2015. Upon graduation, Gama’s ‘Sustainable Urban Outerwear’ thesis earned her the inaugural Eileen Fisher x CFDA Social Innovator fellowship. During her fellowship, Gama worked collaboratively to design a scalable and profitable manufacturing system for the recycled EILEEN FISHER garments, which concluded with a “Remade in The USA” capsule collection that debuted in July 2016. Today, EILEEN FISHER Renew has taken back over a million garments and made over 10 million dollars in sales.
Gama has a true passion for solution-based design and technological innovation. Through this framework she is constantly challenging her design values by striving to design clothes with the potential to last a lifetime and utilizing processes that make the most of old garments to create new designs. Gama has been featured in numerous publications including Women’s Wear Daily, The Wall Street Journal, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Daniel Silverstein is a New York based clothing designer and zero waste pioneer.
In 2017 his story and brand went viral with more than 20 million views worldwide on features in NOW THIS and INSIDER sharing his mission to end waste in the fashion industry one scrap at a time.
Daniel first gained the attention of both buyers and shoppers across america on season 2 of the nbc reality competition, FASHION STAR, in 2013.
From there, celebrities including Jennifer Hudson, Kristen Bell and Amber Valletta were seen at red carpet events and on magazine covers across the United States and England in his couture zero waste designs.
In 2016, Daniel embarked on a new journey with the creation of zero waste daniel, a line of genderless basics fabricated completely from pre-consumer waste from New York’s garment industry in a transparent Brooklyn storefront factory where each produced piece diverts roughly one pound of textile waste from landfill.
Now in its 3rd year, zero waste daniel has transformed literal tons of scrap material into a growing business. he aims to continue to grow the business and bring this philosophy to other collaborators to make waste a thing of the past.
“I can’t need to make work that hurts people, or oppresses people, that makes someone hate their body or their face, or that polluted someones water. I’m willing to work with what we’ve got, I don’t care how long it takes, I care that you look good. I care that its made here, that it’s made fair.”
Marcel Van Ooyen
Marcel Van Ooyen is the president and CEO of GrowNYC, a renowned environmental nonprofit organization founded in 1976 and based in New York City. Since taking leadership in 2006, Van Ooyen has substantially expanded GrowNYC’s programs and services, establishing ways for all New Yorkers to elevate their city and the environment.
Van Ooyen’s strong commitment to providing fresh, healthy, and local food to all neighborhoods of the City has led to the creation of programs such as GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box and Youthmarkets; the establishment of a national model for operating EBT at farmers’ markets; and educational initiatives such as Grow to Learn NYC: Citywide School Gardens Initiative.
Marcel Van Ooyen earned a degree in Social Ecology from the University of California Irvine before attending the Seattle University School of Law, specializing in Environmental Law. After graduating from law school, he worked for the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council in Washington State, where he conducted the environmental review of proposed power plants. As Legislative Director for the City Council, he wrote and ensured the adoption of more than 30 environmental laws, including the city’s landmark green buildings legislation, lead bill, clean air codes, environmental purchasing laws, and many more.