Desiree Venn Frederic is an agent of alternatives. The Sierra Leonean born writer, social entrepreneur, public speaker, educator and installation artist is inspired by her transnational experiences. Through her social practice, the thought leader explores the commons and commoning discourse, socio-cultural matters, identity in common space and its impact and relationship on thought, expression and behavior. Through her work, she is a champion for independent retail and community minded development. The themes of space, ownership, social dislocation and identity run concurrent in her personal and professional life. She is the founding director of Combing Cotton Co., a think tank and community development firm and chairwoman of Local Merchant Independent Retail Association. She lives and works in Washington, D.C.

TEDx / General Assembly / The National Endowment for the Arts / The National Maker Faire / Creative Times Summit / American University / University of Maryland Smith School of Business / Tom Tom Founders Festival / Sustainable Fashion S

Combing Cotton Co. /Agents of Alternatives / Local Merchant Independent Retail Association

PAST PROJECTS Nomad Yard / FEW Foundation

INSTALLATION ART White%, Smithsonian Arts & Industries, June 2016 /     A Gentrified DC, September 2016 / l a n d t r u s t, January 2018 

Fashion Institute of Technology, BA / Columbia University, Corporate Finance Certificate / Northwestern University, MBA / The New School, Social Good Strategies Certificate / Industrial Areas Foundation, Community Organizer / Harvard University, Sustainable Urban Development Certificate

BRAND COLLABORATIONS + CAMPAIGNS Aesop / Amtrak / Anna Sui / Busboys & Poets / Caudalie / Glossier / Google / Global Healing Center / Human Rights Campaign / Macy’s / Maryam Nassir Zedah / Modcloth / The Line Hotel / Full Service Radio / Urban Outfitters / &OtherStories


With Out Meaning Podcast / Digital Influencer / Content Producer

The Artist Union / Black Immigrant Network DC / Define American Ambassador / Empower DC Board of Directors

Elle / Huffington Post / Le Monde Francais / MTV / Essence / Vogue / The Women’s March on Washington / Washington Post / Washington Life / Washingtonian Magazine /

CONTACT Email / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Linkedin
internship & studio opportunities available

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