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 traveled 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
social business models as a means of providing a dignified way to alleviate poverty, especially among at-risk
CAMERON CRAKE (Director of Operations)
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 firsthand 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.
JACKIE GILLES (Boutique Accounts Manager)
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 (Community Relations Coordinator)
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 (Studio Manager / Marketing)
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!
COURTNEY RAFTER (Apparel Designer - 2014)
Collaborating Apparel Designer for 2014-2015 designs
A Philadelphia native and child of the '90s, Courtney spent her early years crafting her own fashion magazines out
of construction paper and doodling designs on loose leaf. Passionate and driven to create, Courtney went on and
studied Fashion Design at Philadelphia University from 2004-2008. She got her start interning at Betsey Johnson
and on Anthropologie's Print + Color team. A free spirit at heart, she naturally moved on to work at Free People.
For five years, Courtney grew as a designer for FP, learning, creating and traveling, with a focus on India. She has
been successful in developing positive working relationships her Indian vendors, and values building &
maintaining strong, sustainable relationships with the artisans that help bring her designs to you, one stitch at a time...