Rosanna M Ortiz

Rosanna M. Ortiz is the creator and Executive Director of fashion week, STYLEWEEK Northeast, and the founder and CEO of RMO Public Relations.

Rosanna Ortiz grew up in Southern California and went to college in Boston, MA where she studied Advertising and Public Relations. In 2001 Rosanna started her professional career when she became the Founder and Creative Director for EP Style, a small firm in the in Washington D.C. market. After her successful start in Washington, Rosanna moved to the Boston area where she became a women's footwear representative for Via Spiga and Franco Sarto. Rosanna was also writing for several Boston publications, which led her to covering regional fashion weeks.

In 2009 Rosanna made the move to Providence, RI and started STYLEWEEK Northeast. Providence is a town with a rich and long history as a design center. Working with a few volunteers Rosanna approached the City of Providence for help in her new venture. David N. Cicilline the then Mayor, now Congressman from Rhode Island recognized the importance of her idea, and helped to finance the first STYLEWEEK Northeast. Rosanna was off and running.

STYLEWEEK Northeast has become the premier regional showcase for local fashion designers in the North East. Rosanna uses all of her skills as a marketer, public relations expert and networker to make STYLEWEEK Northeast an internationally recognized fashion event. Rosanna also created the SEED Competition for student designers and is a mentor and promoter for emerging student designers.

In 2016 Rosanna started RMO Public Relations, which provides full-service public relations to apparel and jewelry brands in addition to owners representation in the construction industry. She was named "Eleven to Watch" by the Providence Journal and was included in "40 under 40" in the Providence Business News.  Rosanna has sat on the boards of directors for Fashion Group International, The American Heart Association of Southern New England, and Child and Family Services of Rhode Island. In the summer of 2017 Rosanna worked with The Newport Preservation Society to stage a benefit Pierre Cardin fashion show for Monsieur Cardin at the Breakers in Newport.   







Sarah Wessel

Account Executive & Social Media Manager

Sarah  is currently a student at Johnson & Wales University, majoring in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing with a concentration in Sports Entertainment and Event Planning. Sarah has extensive experience within customer relations as she worked in retail for five years. She worked as a Sales Associate for the well-known retailers, Justice and Kate Spade New York. She left retail to go into the business and event side of the fashion industry. Sarah first started out as a front of house intern for StyleWeek Northeast in 2015 and then joined the team full time as a Designer Acquisition Assistant for two more consecutive seasons. She now works as a Social Media Manager and Account Executive for RMO Public Relations.