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  • AIGA membership elects new directors for national board

    NEW YORK—March 25, 2010. AIGA, the professional association for design, announced this week that five new individuals will assume positions on its national board of directors beginning in July. AIGA's 15-member board is elected by its professional members and plays a crucial role in determining the mission of AIGA, ensuring that the organization continues to operate in the best interest of past, present and future members.

    “These individuals reflect a wide range of skills, experience and diversity that will be a huge asset to AIGA,” said Richard Grefé, AIGA's executive director. “Their dedication to sustainable practices, engaging young designers, education, entrepreneurship and the pursuit of a more global design perspective will help the board meet the needs of our membership over the next three years.”

    The following individuals will serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2010:

    • Gaby Brink, founder, executive creative director, Tomorrow Partners, Berkeley, Calif.
    • Phil Hamlett, design educator, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
    • Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt, founder, principal designer, Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc., St. Louis
    • Santiago Piedrafita, chair, Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh
    • Robin Tooms, principal, managing director, brand/web strategist, Savage, Inc., Houston

    Current members of the national board continuing their service are:

    Current members of the national board who will complete their terms at the end of June are:

    How board members are selected

    The annual nominating process for the AIGA Board of Directors is designed to identify, encourage and enlist the active participation of dedicated professionals in the service of AIGA at a leadership level. A nominating committee made up principally of AIGA members—this year led by Traci Moore Clay of AIGA St. Louis and comprised of Agustin Garza, Sherra Bell, Sam Shelton and Josh Silverman—reviewed recommendations from AIGA members, chapter leadership and design opinion leaders in late 2009. AIGA members ratified the slate earlier this month by confirming the nominating committee's selections through online voting. To learn more about AIGA governance, visit www.aiga.org/board-and-governance.

    About AIGA

    AIGA, the professional association for design, stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. AIGA's mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, and is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational institution. Today AIGA serves more than 20,000 members through 65 chapters and 200 student groups.

    For further information, please contact:Jennifer Bender
    AIGA | the professional association for design
    Tel 212 710 3136 Fax 212 807 1799

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