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Our Team

Kirsten Dickerson

KIRSTEN DICKERSON (Founder, CEO)

Before starting Raven + Lily, Kirsten’s career was divided by her passions for social justice and fashion. She spent 15 years doing both styling work in the film industry and working alongside global non-profits.

Kirsten has travelled extensively to over 30 countries, starting with her studies in Africa and then living in Estonia shortly after the Soviet Union dissolved. The day after graduating from Baylor University, she headed to India to volunteer with Mother Teresa and Compassion International.

Creating this brand has allowed her to unify her passions and capitalize her experience in both the humanitarian and fashion worlds. Motivated by a belief that each person is valuable and uniquely created, Kirsten is dedicated to empowering women to discover their full potential. She is passionate about promoting business models as a means of providing a dignified way to alleviate poverty, especially among at-risk women.

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Cameron Crake

CAMERON CRAKE (Director of International Production)

After graduating from Texas A&M with degrees in Finance and Economics, Cameron moved to Kampala, Uganda to work with Sseko Designs, a like-minded social business. As the International Development Director for Sseko Designs, Cameron gained experience navigating the challenges that come with working in a developing country.

Living abroad and working first-hand with artisans solidified Cameron's belief that providing employment opportunities is the most powerful way to transform the lives of impoverished women. She is incredibly passionate about the idea of redeeming business- using it to transform lives and make the world a more beautiful place.

Jessica Sjolseth

JESSICA SJOLSETH (Director of Operations)

Jessica comes to us with over 20 years of experience, and holds a Bachelor's degree in Internal Communications from St. Edwards University. After spending years in the financial and high tech industry doing project management and marketing, she most recently spent 10 years as the Director of Marketing and Operations at a household staffing company.

Jessica is passionate about supporting at-risk youth. After adopting two of her children from the foster care system, she ran a buy one, give one backpack company for three years in her spare time. She loves that her work at Raven + Lily utilizes her experience to help empower mothers to make a fair wage and provide an education for their children.

Leslie Russell

LESLIE RUSSELL (Design Manager)

After graduating from the University of Texas, where she studied apparel design and received the "Best Collection Award" her Senior year, Leslie moved to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. While interning and freelancing at Zac Posen, she found her niche in draping and pattern drafting. From there, Leslie continued to develop her technical design and pattern skills for Suma Chander, an East-meets-West luxury designer. After 4 years in New York, Leslie felt a pull home to be near family and back under big Texas skies, and moreover, to find a way to continue to do what she loved, but with purpose. A big believer in fair trade and ethical, sustainable fashion, Leslie is dedicated to further developing her design skills at Raven + Lily, a company whose mission is so in tune with her own.

Jackie Gilles

JACKIE GILLES (Senior Account Executive)

Jackie has always had a passion for growing and developing the identity of brands with a conscious. After graduating from The University of Texas with a degree in French and Advertising, she did marketing for KIND, Sweet Leaf Tea and Dominican Joe Coffee. Soon an opportunity presented itself to take over The Forge Showroom, a company that exclusively represented socially conscious apparel and accessory lines.

For 3 years she and her business partner grew the presence of Raven+Lily, 31 Bits, FEED Projects, Jedidiah and more in boutiques around the country. She is excited to continue to represent Raven+Lily and show retailers that they can have fashion-forward pieces in their stores that also alleviate poverty, empower women, and generally improve the lives of people in need all over the world!

Ashley Yarborough

Ashley Yarborough (Account Executive + Community Events)

Before graduating from Texas Christian University, Ashley served as the 2010 Miss Texas in the Miss America Organization. Her year of service and public speaking led her to complete her final semester at TCU in Washington, D.C., working for Bob Schieffer at CBS "Face the Nation".

After graduating college, Ashley pursued a career in broadcast journalism, working as an anchor-reporter at a CBS affiliate in Texas. And now combining her background of journalism and public service, along with supporting her husband's charity in Haiti, "We Hear Your Voice", it seemed like a natural fit to join the Raven + Lily team as a brand ambassador and story-teller of the artisans behind the collection.

Laura Gassaway

LAURA GASSAWAY (Customer Service + Fulfillment Manager)

Laura spent many of her younger years taking trips to Central America to teach English and raise awareness about human trafficking. This created an early passion for the way that education can bring empowerment to people of all social spheres.

After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Latin American and International Relations, Laura spent time in England promoting the welfare of at-risk children. Soon after, she moved to Titanyen, Haiti to work as the Design and Production Manager for a social business working to empower Haitian women with education and vocational skills. This experience helped her understand how effective social business can be to create change in communities.

Laura is more than excited to be part of what Raven + Lily is doing to empower women and create change around the world!

Lauren Daniel

LAUREN DANIEL (Store Manager + Marketing Assistant)

After college, Lauren began volunteering with teen girls here in the states and after a stint overseas, realized her love for relationship building and encouraging others to be their best selves. This led her to pursue a Master’s in Non-profit Christian Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary. Before moving to Austin, Lauren spent a year as a Volunteer in Service to America with AmeriCorps. During that year, she worked for a nonprofit organization working to create sustainable solutions for the marginalized individuals living in poverty. With experience in public relations, social media marketing, and event planning, Lauren is now hands-on in customer service and in-store events as manager of the flagship Raven + Lily store in East Austin. She would love to meet you, so come by and say hello!