Nina Means

Dir, Austin Community College Fashion Incubator
Austin Community College

Nina Means, took an unconventional path into the fashion industry after a career in public health with a focus on international health metrics and domestic breast cancer issues. A graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, she interned for Rebecca Taylor, designed for American Eagle Outfitters and H by Halston for QVC. After relocating to Austin Texas, Nina launched her namesake womenswear label available in specialty stores and online. With a passion for the next generation of the fashion industry, she has worked as an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Austin for fashion design and fashion marketing with instruction in product development, production, introduction to manufacturing, technical design and computer illustrative media.

Currently, as the Director of the Austin Community College Fashion Incubator, Nina is bridging her previous career in public health and fashion together focusing on developing students, emerging fashion businesses and creating gainful workforce development opportunities to the greater Austin area. This role has afforded the opportunity to support both community and business development in partnership with the City of Austin and Gerber Technology.

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