Retail Merchandising Advisory & Student Leadership Boards

Retail Merchandising advisory board group photo

Our advisory board brings together leaders from all corners of the retail industry. With a variety of backgrounds, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, our board members draw upon their design and retail experiences to actively shape our program and Center for Retail Design & Innovation strategy.

Advisory Board Members

A Message from the Retail Merchandising Advisory Board President

Welcome to the Retail Merchandising Advisory Board! Together, we use the professional expertise of our board members who work with faculty and student leadership to enhance and strengthen the Retail Merchandising program. We commit to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion within our student body, advisory board, and profession by advocating for social change via our teaching, research, creative scholarship, and engagement. As President, I am proud to support the students and am excited about the skills and leadership they bring from the Retail Merchandising program to the Retail industry!


Chris Woodbury
Chris Woodbury

Chris Woodbury
Retail Merchandising Advisory Board President
Sr. Director, Reverse at Best Buy

Student Leadership Board Members

What our Board Has to Say 

"CRDI cultivates an organic and sustainable support structure through the mission of enriching student experiences with industry partnerships and mentoring opportunities."

—Jennifer Souchtchenko, HR Manager, Parker Hannifin Corp

"The CRDI perfectly connects retail professionals with student leaders fostering an environment that generates new ideas to solve current and future challenges.”

—Chris Woodbury, Supply Chain Director, Best Buy

"I look forward to the CRDI because it will be the conduit between the excellent students in the Retail Merchandising program and accomplished professionals at a wide variety of companies in their field of study, as well as shine a light on the strong Retail Merchandising program at the University of Minnesota."

—Nancy Gross, Director of Administration, Textile Center

Retail Merchandising and College of Design Support

Other College of Design Members