AIGA nominations process

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The 2017 AIGA nominating committee has selected a slate of five individuals for open seats on the national board of directors for the term beginning July 1, 2017. 

The nomination process is designed to identify, encourage, and enlist the active participation of dedicated professionals in the service of AIGA at a leadership level. The procedures outlined below assist the nominating committee in conducting a fair and equitable evaluation, deliberation, and recommendation process for all nominated candidates.

Nominating committee

The committee, chaired by Mira Azarm, consists of individuals who are not on the board to make sure member interests are represented in the new nominations and that the national board retains a fresh and diverse perspective. This process is an open, inclusive one; anyone who completes the nomination form is considered.

The 2017 nominating committee:

  • Mira Azarm, Goodjinn (chair)
  • William Lunderman, Lunderstorm
  • Russel Quadros, Temper, Inc.
  • Angelica Rabang, Angelica Rabang Design
  • Louise Sandhaus, California Institute of the Arts
  • Judy Wert, Wert & Company

Brief given to the 2017 nominating committee

The slate of nominees should include a minimum of 20 percent of racial/ethnic minorities in order to ensure that the board reflects the population at large. Similarly, the slate should show balance in terms of gender and geographical diversity.

For the board to fulfill its potential, it's valuable to represent a variety of skill, experience, and interest levels. Considering the roles and contributions of departing board members as well as the current needs of the organization, it's useful to have board members who can each represent at least two of the following attributes, and preferably three or more:

New attributes for 2017

  • Board-level or other leadership experience outside of AIGA
  • National recognition as a thought leader who can serve as a spokesperson
  • Non-designer with a multi-disciplinary, global perspective toward design and technology-led companies
  • Interdisciplinary or integrated designer from an in-house position in a successful corporation
  • Entrepreneurial character and experience

Evergreen attributes

  • Respect for members and chapters' role
  • Interest in member outreach, growth, and retention
  • Interest in design as a facilitator of social change

Attributes of diversity

This category of criteria consists of general attributes that should be considered in order to advance the diversity of points of view and stakeholder awareness.

  • Ethnic diversity
  • Gender diversity
  • Geographic diversity
  • Discipline
  • Workplace diversity
  • Age diversity

Nomination categories

There are two ways to be nominated for national AIGA board positions:

  • Peer: Any current AIGA member who feels a particular individual will enhance the quality of leadership on the AIGA board may nominate that person via the nomination form by January 30. The nominee need not be a member at the time of nomination, but will be expected to become a member if approved. Each peer nominee will be asked by the committee to confirm their interest in serving on the board and to complete the nomination form by February 6.
  • Self: Any current AIGA member willing to participate and to fulfill the obligations of board membership may self-nominate by completing the nomination form by February 6.

Completing the nomination form

Each nominee is expected to complete the online form so that the nominating committee may consider the credentials of all candidates individually, as well as comparatively. Read the Board Roles and Responsibilities to better understand the nomination process and the responsibilities of elected board members. If you have questions about this form or the nomination process, please contact the chairperson of this year's nominating committee.

The nomination form is designed to help the nominee prepare and present his or her qualifications in a consistent manner, and assures that the committee has the same information on all candidates.

Responsibilities of the board of directors

Most of the board’s responsibilities are fairly traditional, but one obligation warrants special attention. Each board member is expected to maintain an AIGA membership at the Trustee or Design Leader level for the duration of his or her term.

Find out more about all the responsibilities of confirmed AIGA board members.