Desirée Venn Frederic defines herself first and foremost as a social alchemist: creating new social compounds, gathering ideas, experiences, skills and resources in configurations that society is not naturally aligned to produce. Nomad Yard Collectiv is a globally minded vintage shops located in Washington, DC; a small business incubator for burgeoning vintage and antique dealers as well as local artisan goods, including jewelers, stationery and candle makers. Venn Frederic sees vintage as a means to connect the community to art and use antiques as a means to teach history. Relationships were forged with Urban Outfitters, Smithsonian Museum, Howard University, Millennium Arts Salon, Busboys and Poets and The James Porter Colloquium within its first year in business.
Formerly, Venn Frederic founded and served as Executive Director of Fashion Empowering Women Foundation, an innovative non-profit organization that mobilized the creative industries of fashion, music and film. FEW through it’s Look Good, Do Good campaign created opportunities for its millennial members to support the missions of social service organizations that empower girls and women. With fundraising efforts bolstered by strategic partnerships and unique events showcasing innovation and creativity, FEW mobilized the immense resources of the creative communities to support social service organizations from 2006-2012 with strategic partners that included The Vagina Monologues.
A social influencer named as a Washingtonian Magazine Style Setter, she has been interviewed by The Huffington Post, Washington Post, and countless blogs and podcasts around small business incubation and vintage. Venn Frederic is a member of National Association of Women MBAs, National Black MBA Association, National Association of Professional Women, Maryland Industrial Areas Foundation, Action in Montgomery County, Young Non-profit Professional Network, Young Democrats of America and Toastmasters International and serves on several non-profit boards and on the Board of Trustees at Church of Our Savoir.