School of Fashion Design Announces New Executive Director

Michelle Simpson Will Take the Helm of the Notable Fashion School.

The School of Fashion Design has announced the appointment of Michelle Simpson as executive director. An education leader, innovator and brand strategist, Simpson has more than 20 years of experience in public and independent classrooms and has consulted with schools and learning centers in the U.S., China, Dubai and India.

Previously, Simpson served as the director of environmental education at Northfield Mount Hermon School and the executive director at Oak Meadow, a progressive K-12 school in Brattleboro, VT. She also founded the Intentional Classroom, which creates learning spaces to cultivate 21st-century skills, meet programmatic goals and foster a sense of stewardship among school communities. She has provided leadership in the progressive, experiential education sector for the past decade, presenting on tradition and innovation in K-16 education at conferences such as SxSWedu, National Association of Independent Schools, National Partnership for Educational Access, and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. Her writing has appeared in Independent IdeasLiving Education and She earned her bachelor’s degree in education and English at the University of Rhode Island and her master’s in environmental studies at Antioch University New England, and attended Harvard’s Women in Education Leadership program.

Simpson assumed leadership of the School of Fashion Design on Aug. 1 and believes fashion is a driving force in human history that can be a tool for cultural, economic and ecological good.  “I am delighted to serve an institution with such distinctive history and lasting relevancy,” says Simpson, “and excited to be part of a talented team developing innovative programs to prepare SFD students for the fashion industry of the future.”