AIGA Staff
AIGA Staff

AIGA’s staff is here to serve you. You can reach us at AIGA’s national office by calling 212 807 1990, completing the contact form, or dialing a staff member’s personal extension listed below. 

Office of the executive
Bennie F. Johnson
Bennie F. Johnson
Executive director

Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. Bennie joined the team in 2020 with past experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management. He is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement; he has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand re-launch business environments.

As the Chief Strategy Officer for the Council of Better Business Bureaus, he led strategic marketing initiatives, market research and insights, guided brand management, and built strategic alliances. As former head of Global Marketing and Business Development for the HR Certification Institute, he led the organization’s global strategic marketing efforts including brand management, market research, public relations, and strategic alliances. His retention and acquisition marketing efforts expanded their credentials to more than 100 countries. He has served as Director, Marketing for a leading education and technology company focusing on consumer, new initiative, and international markets and has led global marketing for a multinational technology and management consultant firm with offices across North America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA serving Fortune Global 500 clients. He also led the brand marketing, sales, and strategic development efforts for the first and largest online community for IT project management, ProjectManagement.com, now part of Project Management Institute (PMI).

A graduate of Yale University with a master’s degree from Columbia University, Bennie serves on the Alumni Advisory Council for the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. He actively serves on several arts and cultural boards including the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum.

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Steve Graziano
Steve Graziano
Interim chief financial officer

212 710 3127
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Amy Chapman
Amy Chapman
Senior director of administration

212 710 3137
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Eye on Design
Liz Stinson
Liz Stinson
Executive editor of Eye on Design
Finance
Nicole Wallace
Nicole Wallace
Controller
Jess Mackta
Jess Mackta
Operations project manager
Marketing and communications
Michelle Koenigsknecht
Michelle Koenigsknecht
Director of marketing
Amy Gwiazdowski
Amy Gwiazdowski
Senior director of communications

212 710 3111
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John Snowden
John Snowden
Graphic designer

212 710 3129
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Membership
Anna Sparks
Anna Sparks
Membership manager

212 710 3132
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Riian Kant-McCormick
Riian Kant-McCormick
Chapter relations manager

212 710 3130
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Programs & events
Kathleen Budny
Kathleen Budny
Senior director of programs

212 710 3144
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Susan Augenbraun
Susan Augenbraun
Events manager

212 710 3133
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Lee-Sean Huang
Lee-Sean Huang
Design education manager
Development
Heather Strelecki
Heather Strelecki
Director of development

212 710 3145
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Digital services
Tiia Schurig
Tiia Schurig
Director of digital operations

212 710 3134
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Brian Quinn
Brian Quinn
Web content manager

212 710 3146
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