Danielle Sponder Testa, M.A., is in the business of fashion – strategy, merchandising, international expansion, and sustainable development. Based in Los Angeles, California, Danielle most recently spent 4 years as the Lead Merchant over International at Forever 21. Prior to Forever 21, Danielle lived in the UK were she was a part of the team that launched Topshop in Nordstrom stores across the USA. Danielle’s knowledge in merchandising and buying stems from working for Forever 21, Topshop, and Target as well as consultancy work and insights gained through graduate research. Danielle has a diverse background including experience in fashion styling through Women’s Wear Daily, freelance projects through Iowa State University, the London College of Fashion and Design School Kolding, and extensive project and team management experience. Danielle is available for research, consultancy and presentations.

Danielle is currently pursuing her Ph.D. through Iowa State University. Alongside her Ph.D., Danielle is working with faculty from ISU, UNT, OSU, and NIFT in India to develop and present a course to meet the needs of students from diverse cultures, particularly in India and the United States. She is also teaching Junior and Senior level merchandising courses, and developing a fashion forecasting course to help students connect the creative processes of fashion forecasting to business planning and execution.