Ann Mariko Walter (she/her/hers) is the director of New York City Fashion, a study away destination from the Kent State University School of Fashion. As director, Ann oversees the administrative, instructional, operational and technological aspects of a study away facility and program. In this role, she has had a strong and immediate impact on students through the development and implementation of academic programming focused on building professional relationships, increasing engagement with both alumni and the industry, and facilitating career preparation. Prior to this role, she has also served as an adjunct instructor at the New York City Fashion campus for the past nine years.
She has an extensive background in the fashion industry designing product and leading creative teams for various specialty and mass retailers including Gap, Old Navy, Liz Claiborne, Justice, Sears Holdings, Dots, Bonobos, and Walmart.
Most recently, she worked as a design operations consultant focused on process improvement and standardization in design, product development and supply chain departments. In that capacity, she has created and implemented tools, processes, and best practices, as well as, served as the internal project manager for the implementation, roll-out, and training of a cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM) system.
Last year, she developed curriculum for a Parsons School of Design executive education course focused on product lifecycle management (PLM) including case studies, innovations, industry best practices, and real-world applications, and then taught the intensive course module in Shanghai to executives and leaders of one of China’s largest retailers.
Ann is an alumna of the Shannon Rodgers & Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design. She received her Master of Education in Instructional Technology degree from Kent State University where she focused her work on the impact and future of online education in the applied arts.