Chapter Advisory Council

About the Council

The AIGA Chapter Advisory Council connects local board members with the AIGA Board, its staff, and the national design community. Beginning in 2020, AIGA Chapter Advisory Council members are elected by their respective regions and serve staggered two-year terms.

CAC Chair

Paul Mendoza is the Associate Coordinator for the AIGA Portfolio Festival and the AIGA Design Conference.

Additionally, he supported 18 local AIGA chapters as the CAC representative for the West after serving as AIGA LA’s membership director from 2015 to 2017.

When he’s not supporting AIGA members and leaders, Paul works as a designer and copywriter at UCLA, his alma mater. Go Bruins!

Paul Mendoza
CAC East

Vanessa Ulrich is a marketing and public relations professional who works at a full-service agency in Baltimore, where she wears many hats including art direction and meeting facilitation. She served on the AIGA Baltimore board for five years, first as visibility director and vice president, and then as president. She is currently president emeritus on the chapter’s Advisory Board. Vanessa earned her M.A. in Design Management from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and enjoys writing, styling, and being in front of and behind the camera for her fashion blog, The Primpy Sheep. She lives in Baltimore city with her husband and russell terrier, Otis.

Vanessa Ulrich

Savannah is the President Emeritus of AIGA Hampton Roads and finds great inspiration in our creative community. 

Recent honors include; 2016 AAM Museum Publication Competition - 2nd Place, 2016 GDUSA In-House Design Award (5), 2015 GDUSA In-House Design Award (5), 2015 American Advertising Award (2), 2014 American Advertising Award - Silver Addy & Judges Choice, 2014 Hermes Creative Award - Honorable Mention,  2014 GDUSA In-House Design Award.

Savannah Kaylor
CAC Midwest

Ayu Gagnebin is the former Communications Director for AIGA Wichita and has been active with the chapter since 2012. She has always been a hard worker, with ethics that she gained from her parents. She loves working with people from different backgrounds and perspectives. She appreciates learning and becoming a better individual and better creative for those she serves. She finds fulfillment in giving back to the people who surround her, as they have taught her to be who she is today.  

Ayu is a parent, a full-time designer, and dedicated volunteer, who while juggling these roles wants to assist other AIGA leaders balancing similar responsibilities to help them avoid burnout and stay connected with each other.

 

Ayu Gagnebin

Katrin Loss is President Emeritus of AIGA Minnesota and has been volunteering with AIGA since 2002. She is also the co-founder and lead facilitator for EMERGE, a nationwide AIGA initiative that aims to prepare the design workforce for the future and provides inclusive strategies that enable underrepresented groups and give all emerging designers the opportunity to flourish. 

Katrin is an award-winning art director/designer for Best Buy Creative. She holds a BFA in Graphic design from Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) where she serves on the Alumni Board of Directors. She also holds a degree in business administration and international trade from Staatliche Handelsschule in Hamburg, Germany.

 

Katrin Loss

Brendan is a multidisciplinary creative with 15 years experience in visual design, photography and strategy. He has served on the Board of Directors of AIGA Chicago and as Chapter President of AIGA Seattle. Now based in Seattle, he leads creative and strategic efforts for clients in a multitude of industries at Lost In Print. Brendan is an Eagle Scout, a wannabe sommelier and he’s looking for the next story to tell.

Brendan Shanley
CAC South

Jennifer Ford is the founding president of the AIGA Gainesville, which launched in 2017, and now serves as President Emeritus. Founding the new chapter has involved more than 4.5 years of active community building and leadership and Jennifer’s goal as president of the Gainesville chapter was always to connect designers to members of their local, regional, and national AIGA communities.  She also works to build bridges between the tech/startup community and local service orgs and fosters collaborative relationships among multiple AIGA chapters.

Jennifer is the marketing and communications director at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and has worked in print and web design for more than 10 years.

 

Jennifer Ford

Natacha Poggio is a design educator, TEDx speaker, and advocate of design for social change. She is a two-time recipient of the Sappi “Ideas that Matter” award and founder of Design Global Change, a creative collaborative addressing problems in global health, sustainability, and social justice. Natacha teaches graphic design at the University of Houston-Downtown and shares her passion for design judging competitions; contributing to books and publications on social impact design, global health, environmental issues; and volunteering her expertise as the AIGA Houston Design for Good Chair and previously as Design Advocacy Director. Currently she helps with AIGA Unidos.

Natacha Poggio
CAC West

Erin Hamilton is a designer and brand consultant based in Anchorage, Alaska. Her award-winning, multi-disciplinary design firm, EHD, focuses on strategic brand design for clients in a variety of markets including healthcare, travel and tourism, restaurants, and retail. She is president emeritus and a founding member of the AIGA Alaska chapter, and was honored to serve on AIGA’s national Women Lead steering committee. She has been a panel participant and workshop leader at AIGA’s national leadership retreat, and is a frequent reviewer and guest presenter for the University of Alaska's graphic design program. She was recently featured in Graphic Design USA as a 2019 Designer to Watch, and currently sits on the board of the Alaska Design Forum.

Erin Hamilton

2021 Council Nominations

OpenWater submissions for 2021-2022 council nominations will open in Spring 2021. Please check back for more information.

Submissions were reviewed by a Nominating Committee consisting of:

  • Current CAC Representatives who are not seeking election to other posts;

  • the outgoing Chapter Advisory Council Chair;

  • and the current Presidents’ Council Chair.

Candidates who make it past the review stage will be deemed eligible to appear on the ballots.

Terms for newly elected candidates will begin July 1, 2021.

Voting Eligibility by Region

CAC East
All chapter leaders in the East region are eligible to vote in the CAC Chair election and the incoming CAC East representative(s) election.

CAC Midwest
All chapter leaders in the Midwest region are eligible to vote in the CAC Chair election and the incoming CAC Midwest representative(s) election.

CAC South
All chapter leaders in the South region are eligible to vote in the CAC Chair election and the incoming CAC South representative(s) election.

CAC West
All chapter leaders in the West region are eligible to vote in the CAC Chair election and the incoming CAC West representative(s) election.

Council Responsibilities

When engaging with the AIGA Board and national staff, the Chapter Advisory Council:

Utilizes their prior experience as chapter leaders to advise current leaders on best practices in non-profit governance and strategic vision.

Nurtures cross-chapter connections throughout the national organization, with a primary focus on their respective regions.

Gathers chapter perspectives and feedback to share with the AIGA Board and staff.

Facilitates chapter development through remote check-ins, local site visits, and national training events.

When engaging with the AIGA Board and national staff, the Chapter Advisory Council:

Amplifies and recognizes outstanding offerings and results from chapters and their leaders.

Prioritizes AIGA Board and staff responses to chapter operations crises and violations of the AIGA Code of Conduct.

Gathers national perspectives and feedback to share with chapter leaders in their respective region.

Advocates for the local chapter perspective during AIGA Board Community Committee meetings.

Chapter Advisory Council representatives have the following qualifications:

Successful completion of one full term of board leadership, comprising at least two consecutive years of service.

Regions

East

Midwest

South

West

Asheville

Chicago

Atlanta

Alaska

Brand
Central

Cincinnati

Austin

Arizona

Central Pennsylvania

Cleveland

Birmingham

Central Coast

Charlotte

Detroit

Dallas
Ft. Worth

Colorado

Connecticut

Indianapolis

Gainesville

El Paso

Baltimore

Iowa

Houston

Honolulu

Blue Ridge

Kansas City

Jacksonville

Idaho

Boston

Louisville

Knoxville

Los Angeles

DC

Minnesota

Memphis

Las Vegas

Hampton
Roads

Nebraska

Miami

New Mexico

Maine

Northwest
Arkansas

Mobile

Orange County

New York

Oklahoma

Nashville

Portland

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

New Orleans

Reno Tahoe

Raleigh

South Dakota

Orlando

Salt Lake City

Rhode Island

St. Louis

San Antonio

San Diego

Richmond

Toledo

South Carolina

Seattle

Triad NC

West
Michigan

Tallahassee

San Francisco

Upstate NY

Wichita

Tampa Bay

West Texas

Vermont

Wisconsin

 

 

East

Midwest

South

West

Asheville

Chicago

Atlanta

Alaska

Brand
Central

Cincinnati

Austin

Arizona

Central Pennsylvania

Cleveland

Birmingham

Central Coast

Charlotte

Detroit

Dallas
Ft. Worth

Colorado

Connecticut

Indianapolis

Gainesville

El Paso

Baltimore

Iowa

Houston

Honolulu

Blue Ridge

Kansas City

Jacksonville

Idaho

Boston

Louisville

Knoxville

Los Angeles

DC

Minnesota

Memphis

Las Vegas

Hampton
Roads

Nebraska

Miami

New Mexico

Maine

Northwest
Arkansas

Mobile

Orange County

New York

Oklahoma

Nashville

Portland

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

New Orleans

Reno Tahoe

Raleigh

South Dakota

Orlando

Salt Lake City

Rhode Island

St. Louis

San Antonio

San Diego

Richmond

Toledo

South Carolina

Seattle

Triad North Carolina

West
Michigan

Tallahassee

San Francisco

Upstate New York

Wichita

Tampa Bay

West Texas

Vermont

Wisconsin

 

 

Past Council Members

2020

Timothy Hykes, AIGA St. Louis
Kyle Larkin, AIGA Arizona
Lori Patton O’Hara, AIGA New Mexico

2019

Lauren Dougherty, AIGA Philadelphia
Dallas Franklin, AIGA Atlanta
Devon Hoernschmeyer, AIGA Orlando
Jess Moore, AIGA Colorado
Bri Piccari, AIGA Central Pennsylvania
Sarah Spalding, AIGA Cleveland

2018

Miranda Bouck, AIGA Nebraska
Sarah Burns-Miller, AIGA Upstate New York
Joe Schram, AIGA Raleigh
Jim Ward, AIGA Jacksonville

2017

Jennifer Marin Jericho, AIGA Baltimore
Doug Stucky, AIGA Wichita

2016

Kevin Brindley, AIGA Charlotte
Anthony Dihle, AIGA DC
Stacey Fatica, AIGA Baltimore
Nick Prestileo, AIGA Philadelphia

2015

Doug Cheever, AIGA Wisconsin
Seth Johnson, AIGA Minnesota
Karen Kurycki, AIGA Jacksonville
Erin Pitts, AIGA Austin
Jenny Schmitz-Hinshaw, AIGA Minnesota

2014

Carolyn Colonna, AIGA Charlotte
Marvin Forte, AIGA Arizona

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