AIGA nominations process

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The 2018 board nominations process is closed at this time. The AIGA nominating committee was tasked with selecting a slate of four individuals for open seats on the national board of directors for the term beginning July 1, 2018, and following approval by the national board, professional-level members (Trustee, Design Leader, and Sustaining members) have been sent an email ballot to vote for or against the proposed slate by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on March 20, 2018. 

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 Judy Wert, 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 2018 nominating committee:

  • Judy Wert, Wert & Company (chair)
  • Michael Bierut, Pentagram
  • Chad Cheek, Elephant In The Room
  • Maurice Cherry, Revision Path
  • Louise Sandhaus, California Institute of the Arts

Brief given to the 2018 nominating committee

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

New attributes for 2018

  • Board-level, corporate or other leadership experience outside of AIGA
  • National recognition as a thought leader who can serve as a spokesperson
  • 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 track record of business sucess
  • Leaders from business who have made design central to their success
  • Design historian, critic, or curator from a contemporary art or design museum of major publication
  • Retired CEO or founder who is passionate about design, a futurist, artist, or technologist who can freely imagine the future

Evergreen attributes

  • Respect for members and chapters' role and chapter leadership experience
  • 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.

  • Ability diversity
  • Age diversity
  • Gender diversity
  • Geographic diversity
  • Discipline diversity
  • Workplace diversity
  • Racial diversity

Each slate of nominees must include people relecting racial/ethnic diversity, in order to ensure that the board reflects the population at large. 

Given the gender mix of the profession, which is 60 percent women, every effort should be made to develop a board that is at least evenly split between men and women directors.

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 November 30, 2017. 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 December 15, 2018.
  • 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 December 15, 2018.

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.