AIGA nominations process

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The 2016 AIGA nominating committee has recommended a slate of five individuals for open seats on the national board of directors for the term beginning July 1, 2016. Consistent with AIGA’s bylaws, the proposed slate was submitted to the voting membership for election, and members at the Trustee, Design Leader, and Sustaining level approved the slate of candidates via proxy ballot on March 16, 2016.

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 consists of AIGA members who are not on the board to make sure member interests are represented in the new nominations and that the national board is not self-perpetuating (a weak point of many association boards). This process is an open, inclusive one; anyone who completes the nomination form is considered.

The 2016 nominating committee:

  • Mira Azarm, Maryland Institute College of Art, AIGA Washington DC
  • Craig Hughes, Studio Polymath, AIGA Nebraska
  • Russel Quadros, AIGA Jacksonville
  • Angelica Rabang, Angelica Rabang Design, AIGA San Francisco
  • Nikki Villagomez, Dixon Hughes Goodman, AIGA Charlotte
  • Pam Williams, Williams & House, AIGA Connecticut (chair)

Brief given to the 2016 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:

  • Board-level or other leadership experience outside of AIGA
  • Chapter-level experience or respect for chapters' role
  • Multi-disciplinary, global perspective toward design
  • Interdisciplinary or integrated design
  • Entrepreneurial character and experience
  • Sustainable design and practices
  • National recognition as a thought leader
  • Interest in member outreach, growth, and retention
  • Interest in design as a facilitator of social change

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. Members can do this by providing their candidate with the nomination form and to notify the board nominating committee of their recommendation. Members may also write a recommendation letters for a nominee. 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 to complete the nomination form and to return the information by the deadline.
  • Self: Any current AIGA member willing to participate and to fulfill the obligations of board membership may self-nominate by completing the nomination form and returning the information by the deadline.

Completing the nomination form

Each nominee is expected to download and complete the same 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 and orderly manner. The application process is thorough to assure that the committee has the same information on all candidates, recognizes the work nominees have done at the chapter level, and reveals the level of commitment of the nominee.

Download the 2016 Board nomination form (284 KB)

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.