Antonia Dean

Vice President, External Relations, Venture for America

Antonia Dean is a brand strategist and storyteller who specializes in turning something good into something great. A lawyer by training and a risk-taker by birth, Antonia turned down a lucrative career in corporate law after graduating from Harvard Law School to work in the cosmetics industry instead. Working her way up from unpaid intern to Director of Marketing & Strategy, Antonia helped build some of today’s most well known brands, including Calvin Klein Fragrance, Simply Vera Vera Wang, Michael Kors Beauty and Flirt Cosmetics to name a few. Currently, Antonia is taking the skills she learned in building those brands to help recent college grads build their own businesses as Vice President of External Relations at Venture for America, a two-year startup fellowship program. In this role, Antonia leads both the fundraising and marketing teams at VFA, creating compelling brand stories and crafting programs and activations with national corporate partners. Antonia currently lives in Harlem with her husband, two sons, and a five pound Yorkshire Terrier named Furious who in no way lives up to his name.