Design for Democracy committee

About the committee

Created in partnership with Nonprofit VOTE, the Design for Democracy committee's main activity is to advise on main direction of the project, function as a knowledge expert, help nurture civic designers, provide background on past related research and best practices on community engagement via public panels. Additional support will be more focused on helping chaperon the selected chapter’s engagement and enhance the communication of the project internally and externally.


rich hollant portraitRich Hollant, AIGA Connecticut
Rich Hollant is the principal of CO:LAB, a firm working on empowering communities through equity. You can find him in publications with topics ranging from identity design to research processes for social impact. His work on diversity and inclusion is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. Rich has been featured in Communication Arts, GDUSA's "People to Watch", and Fast Company’s top 11 designers working on social value. He’s a Commissioner of Cultural Affairs in Hartford, and an AIGA National board member where he co-chairs Design for Democracy.

frances yllana portraitFrances Yllana, AIGA Dallas
Frances is a designer, writer, teacher, speaker and design thinking facilitator. Along with co-chairing AIGA’s D4D Initiative, she serves on AIGA's Ambassadors' Taskforce and plays/ed various cameos in initiatives such as Women Lead, 2016's Get Out the Vote, Emerge 2.0, and the league of former chapter presidents. She is Executive Creative Director at Imaginuity in Dallas and Design Director for AIA Dallas’s Columns Magazine. Frances is also highly involved in multiple community and civic organizations, advancing the impact and value of design as a strategic and cultural force.


Advisory Committee

dana chisnell portraitDana Chisnell, AIGA Boston
Dana is a pioneer in civic design. Her applied research informs the design of experiences that voters, poll workers, and election administrators have in elections across the U.S. As co-director of the Center for Civic Design, she and her team there have mapped the voter journey with the goal of ensuring voter intent by design. She’s the managing editor of the Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent. She teaches a course on design in government at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and one on design in elections at the Election Academy at the University of Minnesota. Dana was a generalist problem solver in the United States Digital Service in the White House 2014-2016.

Drew Davies portrait Drew Davies, AIGA Nebraska
Drew Davies is the founder of Oxide Design Co., a branding and design firm. Drew is national president emeritus of AIGA, and has also served as the design director for AIGA’s Design for Democracy initiative. He was on the core design and research team that developed the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s national ballot design standards, and continues to be actively involved in implementing best practices for election design on a nationwide basis. In partnership with Center for Civic Design, Drew designed the "Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent", which were featured in a Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum exhibit.

Andrew Fair portrait Andrew Fair, AIGA San Francisco
Andrew is a visual designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area focused on the intersection of public policy, brand strategy, and civic engagement. He has worked for clients across industries, from software to organic food, fine art, and retail. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, he earned a B.A. in political science at George Washington University and studied graphic design through U.C. Berkeley.


Karen Kurycki portraitKaren Kurycki, AIGA Jacksonville
Designer/illustrator Karen Kurycki is based in Jacksonville, FL. Her national and international clients have included The Washington Post, Nike, McDonald's, AT&T and Reebok. She is a co-founder of the Jax Young Voters Coalition that encouraged 18-40 year olds to get involved in politics. Karen has been active in AIGA since 2004, serving as president of the Jacksonville chapter from 2011-2013. As Community Outreach Chair for AIGA Jacksonville, she was instrumental in starting Discover Design, a mentoring program for high school students. She has served on the AIGA Chapter Advisory Council, the 2015 Medalist Committee and the 2016 AIGA Get out the Vote Initiative.

Marcia Lausen portrait Marcia Lausen,  AIGA Chicago 
Marcia started her Design for Democracy journey with a 7 year project for the first ballot and election project after the contested 2000 presidential election and the public scrutiny of the infamous butterfly ballot. She believed the ballot issue was fundamentally a design problem, and took action with AIGA’s support. She redesigned the ballots for Cook County with her UIC students and was named “Master of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company. In 2007 she published Design for Democracy: Ballot and Election Design documenting the process. In 2015 Marcia was recognized as a Medalist was for demonstrating design’s influence through Design for Democracy and for her academic leadership in teaching how to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world.

Panthea Lee portrait Panthea Lee, AIGA New York 
Panthea Lee is a co-founder at Reboot, where she leads teams in designing and delivering innovative policies and services to advance good governance. She has directed programs in over 30 countries, including national and global implementations. Panthea is an expert in helping governments, civil society, media, and citizens co-create initiatives to advance government transparency, civic participation, and public sector accountability. She regularly speaks, writes, and teaches on responsible social design. Her work has been featured in Al Jazeera, The Atlantic, MIT Innovations Journal, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

ana monroe portraitAna Monroe, AIGA DC/NY/LA 
Ana Monroe is a Service Designer for The Lab at OPM, where she works with a variety of Federal clients including the Centers for Disease Control and the Department of Veterans Affairs. With training as both Historian (Columbia College, Columbia University, 2004) and Futurist (MFA-STEM, Media Design, 2016), she attempts to address the complex future through the lens of the complex past. She draws inspiration from glossy magazines, working with her hands, and interacting with humans. She counts three homeplaces: rural Georgia, New York City, and Los Angeles.

Mark Randall portraitMark Randall, AIGA New York 
Mark Randall is principal of Worldstudio, a strategy and communications firm that works with non-profit and civic organizations to improve the lives of individuals and communities. In addition, he is president of Worldstudio Foundation, the first nonprofit in the U.S. devoted to encouraging social responsibility in the design and arts professions. Mark serves as the Associate Director and an Assistant Professor in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design.

David Jon Walker portraitDavid Jon Walker,  AIGA Nashville
David Jon Walker currently is an Assistant Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, teaching Web and Graphic. He has honed his skills as a design servant-leader working extensively with community and governmental organizations to provide an aesthetic face and visual messaging for engaging campaigns to bolster community support or simply generate awareness. He also is the owner of Rhealistic, a design and strategy consultancy that provides graphic design and web development. He is President Emeritus of AIGA Nashville.

Nonprofit VOTE partners 

Brian Miller portraitBrian Miller, Executive director 
Brian Miller has served as Executive Director of Nonprofit VOTE since 2014, an organization committed to helping nonprofits engage the communities they serve in voting and elections. With 25 years in the nonprofit and social change field, Brian has deepened Nonprofit VOTE's impact by leveraging strategic partnerships, broadening the use of its trainings, and documenting the model's impact through new research. Under Brian's leadership, Nonprofit VOTE is the new managing partner of National Voter Registration Day, which brings together a broad array of organizations in a coordinated celebration of democracy.

Caitlyn Donnely, Education and Engagement Coordinator  
Caitlin is the Education and Engagement Coordinator at Nonprofit VOTE. She has 7 years of experience designing and leading workshops and presentations for nonprofits and grassroots organizers across the country. Based in Cambridge, Caitlin manages Nonprofit VOTE's popular monthly webinar series and builds the capacity of organizational partners to deepen their levels of voter engagement.


James Hill portrait James Hill, Associate Director of Communications and Partnerships
James has worked for 20 years in the field of communications and digital communications. He has worked previously with TVOne, BET, and the Washington Post. He received his masters in communications from Georgetown University and his BA in journalism from Hampton University. Originally from Philadelphia, James has lived in Texas, New Jersey, Virginia, D.C. and now resides in Maryland.