AIGA Board of Directors

AIGA’s board is elected by the entire professional membership 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. AIGA board members are elected by the entire membership and serve staggered three-year terms. 

President

Term: July 1, 2016–June 30, 2022

Committees: Executive Committee (chair), Finance Committee, Governance Committee

Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive social and cultural change. She is the Chief Experience Officer and a Partner at Coforma (formerly &Partners), a digital consultancy and design firm that crafts creative solutions and builds technology products that support communities. Axios is Chair of the Board of Directors for AIGA, the professional association for design, which advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force.

Prior to her role at Coforma, Axios formed and led the in-house creative agency for marketing, communications, and brand identity solutions at Automattic, a technology company on a mission to democratize publishing and commerce. Axios previously served as the creative director and a digital strategist for the Obama White House, bridging two presidential terms in the Office of Digital Strategy. She is also a past president of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed DotGovDesign, an initiative connecting and empowering government designers with regular meetings, a yearly conference, and online course.

Axios and her work have been featured in Print, Essence, How, Net, GDUSA, and Offscreen magazines as well as various online publications. She was named one of GDUSA’s People to Watch, featured in Essence Magazine as one of the 29 most powerful black women in the Obama administration, and received the DCFemTech Award for being a powerful woman designer on multiple occasions. Axios is a graduate from Rhode Island School of Design. She lives and works in Washington, DC with her husband, Nathaniel Axios.

 

Ashleigh Axios
Treasurer

Term: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2023
Committees: Executive Committee; Finance Committee (chair)

Lorenzo Gonzalez is thrilled to have recently become an “Amazonian" and joined Amazon’s finance team based out of their new Nashville corporate office. Prior to Amazon, Lorenzo spent eight years in Chicago as the Senior Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis with United Airlines managing investments across the company’s commercial and operations portfolios.  

His passion for art and design originates out of his early career as an environmental designer and brand design consultant leading to becoming a design educator and administrator at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  

Lorenzo holds a B.E.D. in Architecture from Texas A&M University, completed post-baccalaureate studies in design at The Portfolio Center and an M.B.A. in Finance from Emory University.  He is elated to join the AIGA National Board and help promote a more diverse and equitable professional work environment for emerging designers. 

 

Lorenzo Gonzalez
Directors

Term: July 1, 2019–June 30, 2022

Committees: Executive Committee; Community Committee (chair)

Lisa Babb comes from a rich history of activism and social justice through engaging citizens. She has worked in the Graphic Design field for more than twenty years and in Graphic Design education at the collegiate level for more than eighteen years. Lisa came from Brooklyn (before it became the brand that it is now) and has lived in Atlanta for thirteen years. She has a Master’s from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s from Baruch College. The same year she finished Pratt she became a graphic design professor after September 11 changed the world for everybody.

She started at a Corporate Design firm specializing in Award winning Annual reports. Some stops along the way include a commercial catalog company, a marketing group for Seagrams, two sizable pharmaceutical advertising agencies and a commercial magazine in advertising. She has designed things as small as a button, as vast as a congressional campaign and as big as a billboard for Captain Morgan. She has also designed things as unconventional as a float for Bud Billiken parade and as functional as a point of purchase displays for a hair company.

Within design education specifically, she has created a Graphic Design department from the ground up and has made a point of teaching in places that encourage diversity in demographics, ideologies, and models. She started teaching Design at schools in New York City, the last one being PACE University in the Master's program, before coming to Atlanta and teaching at SCAD and now Georgia Tech. She lives by the mantra “if you want a better world, make one” and truly believes that design and especially design education is one of the few things that can change lives, for better or for worse.

 

Lisa Babb

Term: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2022

Manuhuia Barcham, PhD is the Managing Director of Archetekt—a Strategic Design & Futuring firm based in Seattle Washington. Barcham has over twenty years experience working across the Asia-Pacific and North America for a wide range of clients across the public and private sectors including the United Nations, the Australian Federal Government, and Snap Inc. After graduate education studying at Oriel College, Oxford University in England and receiving his PhD from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, Barcham has founded and run two design studios. He grew up on a marae (traditional Maori village) on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. Growing up in a bi-racial household directly impacted on his later work connecting people and ideas across boundaries—organizational, cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, and national—in order to help us come together to design and (re)craft value in the world in a sustainable manner with a specific focus on promoting the involvement of under-represented and marginalized communities in our design practice and as designers.

Manuhuia Barcham

Term: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2023

Rumman Chowdhury’s passion lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence and humanity. She holds degrees in quantitative social science and has been a practicing data scientist and AI developer since 2013. She is currently the Global Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence, where she works with C-suite clients to create cutting-edge technical solutions for ethical, explainable and transparent AI.

Chowdhury has been featured in international media. She is a member of BrainTrust, a community of experts for Protocol, a tech magazine by Politico. Chowdhury is a TedX speaker, a Forbes Tech contributing author, and has been named by Information Week as one of 10 influential AI and machine learning experts to follow on Twitter. She was also named one of BBC’s 100 Women for 2017, recognized as one of the Bay Area’s top 40 under 40, and honored to be inducted to the British Royal Society of the Arts (RSA). She has also been named by Forbes as one of Five Who are Shaping AI.

Dr. Chowdhury holds two undergraduate degrees from MIT, a master's degree in Quantitative Methods of the Social Sciences from Columbia University, and a doctorate in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

Rumman Chowdhury

Term: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2023

Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel is an assistant provost, associate professor and founding director of the Master of Science in Health Communication Design program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The program’s mission is to empower future leaders to create a healthier world through clear, accessible and actionable communication design strategies. As assistant provost, she directs Jefferson’s Creativity Core Curriculum which serves students across the university by cultivating a confident and flexible student mindset through learning opportunities that explore individual and collaborative creative aptitude and equip students to yield novel and valuable results.

Kradel-Weitzel’s passion is giving voice to vulnerable and under-represented populations through design activism. As president of AIGA Philadelphia (2009-11), she led the development of the chapter’s “Paid Internship Pledge” which urges compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act. As principal of Kradel Design, she led the initiative “Posters Against Ebola” to raise awareness and resources for Doctors Without Borders during the most recent Ebola epidemic. Most recently, she collaborated with a group of design and healthcare practitioners to launch Kindness Wednesday, which promotes acts of kindness to inspire others to follow suit, in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Kradel-Weitzel is a “Sappi Ideas That Matter” grant recipient, has lectured internationally and the work of her practice, Kradel Design, has been recognized with numerous awards. Kradel-Weitzel has a Certificate in Creative Leadership from the Yale School of Management, an MFA from Tyler School of Art and a BA from The Pennsylvania State University.

 

Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel

Term: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2023

Ann Marie Puente is a T-shaped attorney whose creative journey represents a synthesis of interdisciplinary knowledge and experience for leading and managing in today’s world of multilevel interdependencies. With a perspective informed by litigation practice, social justice, strategic design, and public policy, Puente brings vision and expertise for the development of policies and practices addressing the complex and interrelated issues of our time.

In addition to her studies in law and political science, Puente holds a Master’s degree in Design Management from Pratt Institute, a program focused on cultivating creative leadership for triple bottom line innovation management. She believes passionately in the strategic value of design, especially during unprecedented times when we require broader and more imaginative perspectives in the redesign of policy, products, and systems.

Puente has shared her thought leadership and vision on the convergence of strategic design and law as a graduate instructor with Parsons School of Design, Strategic Design Management Program (Regulatory & Ethical Contexts; New Design Firms), and speaking appearances at legal conferences in San Francisco, California, and Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Her consulting practice based in South Florida involves supporting public policy initiatives, providing general legal counsel, and collaborating with innovators on modernizing conventional, linear thinking and practice for the new reality of work and interconnected systems.

 

Ann Marie Puente

Term: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2022

A San Antonio native, Cesar developed a passion for design at an early age, earning his first competitive awards during high school. Following service in the United States Army (HOOAH!), he earned two Associate’s degrees from San Antonio College and garnered awards artistically and academically from SAC and external competitions. Cesar completed his BFA in Communication Design from Texas State University in 2007, receiving several more design awards during his undergraduate studies.

Cesar’s work has been published in the several Graphis annuals—soon to appear in Graphic Poster Annual 2021—and has garnered more than 40 awards from top competitions like AIGA, DSVC, and Creative Summit. Cesar ran a small design studio, Chimaera Design, for 7+ years, and in 2010 co-founded the AIGA San Antonio chapter, serving as the first Vice President and its second President (interim). He also served on the San Antonio College Professional Advisory Committee that helps decide course curriculum. After working professionally for 5 years, Cesar was accepted to the MFA COMDES program at Texas State University and earned his MFA in 2015. In 2014 Cesar also was co-founder of a startup green chemical company. In 2016 he was hired at Sam Houston State University at the Assistant Professor rank to teach interactive and UX/UI design. Cesar also serves as the academic advisor to the SHSU AIGA Student Group.

After his service in academia, Cesar was hired in mid-2020 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to lead the creative team in the Division of Communication Services.

Photo Credit: Richard Hollant at the 2017 AIGA Design Conference

Cesar Rivera

Term: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2022 

Elise Roy is an inclusive design leader, speaker and advocate. As the Product Inclusion Lead at Google, she drives initiatives that ensure Google’s Product Teams take advantage of our greatest innovation asset—human diversity. Before Google, Elise founded her own consulting company which led teams from Fortune 500 clients such as Marriott, Fannie Mae and Google in inclusive design.

Prior to becoming a designer, Roy was a disability rights lawyer who worked on the Convention for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the United Nations, the first human rights treaty to be passed in the 21st century. As an internationally recognized thought leader, Roy is a highly sought-after public speaker, delivering talks all over the world including at Microsoft, Amazon, the United Nations, NASA, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum. Her TEDx talk, “When We Design for Disability, We All Benefit,” has over 1.3 million views.

 

Elise Roy

Term: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2023

Herman “Art” Taylor is president and chief executive officer of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance - Give.org  As head of the Alliance, he oversees all aspects of the organization’s work, which includes: setting standards for soliciting organizations, evaluating charities in relation to these standards, publishing the Wise Giving Guide, assisting local Better Business Bureau charity review programs, promoting charity accountability and providing a variety of materials on informed giving to individual, institutional and business donors and to government. In March 2015, Mr. Taylor launched the #wisegivingwed blog and began hosting the Building Trust Video Series to feature the work of charities and their leaders. This content is served up each week through social media and other online platforms.

Another brainchild is “Advancing Collaboration” a suite of information to encourage greater collaboration by non-profit organizations. The Alliance is beta testing Givesafely.io the first blockchain-based charity donation portal that will incentivize donors to charity.

Taylor is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College (BA Business Administration 1980) and received an honorary Dr. of Laws in 2002. He acquired a J.D. from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law and was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1989. Taylor is a Certified Public Accountant. He has served on numerous non-profit boards, and has been a trustee of Franklin & Marshall College since 1993. Taylor lectures on ethics at the School of Professional Studies, Columbia University.

 

Art Taylor

Term: July 1, 2016–June 30, 2021

Committees: Executive Committee, Corporate Relations Committee (chair)

Christine Taylor is a multidisciplinary creative with a degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and graduate studies in design from Portfolio Center in Atlanta. After several roles in both the psychology and design fields, she landed at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, where she works as a creative manager in the Licensing Studio, managing the creative product development and relations between Hallmark’s internal development teams and outside movie and TV studio licenses like Warner Bros., DC Comics, FOX, NBC/Universal, Star WarsStar Trek, and AMC’s The Walking Dead. Previously at Hallmark, she worked as a designer in several areas of the company including gift books, the internal branding studio, and the B2B emotion marketing studio that created content for brands like State Farm and Target. Taylor has also worked as a freelance art director and designer for local theaters, bars, restaurants, and nonprofit organizations, and helped start Bungalow Creative, a prolific but short-lived Kansas City design collective.

Before serving as president and advisory board member of AIGA Kansas City, Taylor helped revive the membership as the chapter’s programming director, launching the city’s first annual design awards. She has spoken at the Brand New Conference and has been recognized by many award shows and publications.

Christine Taylor
Presidents Council Representative

Term: July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021

Since 2001, Frances Yllana has been building and evolving her skills as a designer, team member, teacher, advisor and champion in order to best lead, manage and grow the team members she serves in her W2 work and her community work. Frances is active in organizing and producing small- or large-scale experiences, connecting people, encouraging teams towards personal growth, evolving her practice to focus exclusively on people-centered methodologies, and giving people the tools, advice or guidance to do all of the above. 

Frances has a wide range of experience from branding, advertising, copywriting, strategy, video, illustration, digital and environmental, to experience design and consulting for enterprise software to non-profit management, visioning, strategy and coaching. Frances is an Experience Director at projekt202 headquartered in Dallas and Design Director for AIA Dallas’s Columns Magazine. She is also highly active in promoting civic and community engagement year-round, locally and nationally, including serving as Chair for AIGA Design for Democracy.

 

Frances Yllana

Board Attendance

October 5, 2020 Meeting Attendance

Board Members Present: Ashleigh Axios; Lisa Babb; Manuhuia Barcham; Lorenzo Gonzalez; Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel; Ann Marie Puente; Cesar Rivera; Art Taylor; Christine Taylor; Frances Yllana

Board Members Necessarily Absent: Rumman Chowdhury; Elise Roy

 

August 26, 2020 Meeting Attendance

Board Members Present: Ashleigh Axios; Lisa Babb; Manuhuia Barcham; Rumman Chowdhury; Lorenzo Gonzalez; Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel; Ann Marie Puente; Cesar Rivera; Elise Roy; Christine Taylor; Frances Yllana

Board Members Necessarily Absent: Art Taylor

2020 Board Nominations

The call for nominations for the 2020 National Board slate has now closed. Consistent with AIGA's by-laws, the proposed slate is submitted to the voting membership for ratification. Professional-level members at the Trustee, Design Leader, and Sustaining levels should vote either for or against the entire slate via the proxy ballot. Ballots must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. PST on Sunday, May 24, 2020, in order to be counted. Ballots will be counted at a special virtual meeting on Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern in New York City. (No members are required or expected to attend). 

The Board Nominating Committee was tasked with selecting a slate of five individuals for open seats on the national board of directors for the term beginning July 1, 2020, and unique to this year, was also tasked with filling three vacant board seats. 

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, co-chaired by Helen Armstrong and Lisa Babb, consists primarily 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 2020 nominating committee:

  • Helen Armstrong, North Carolina State University (co-chair)
  • Lisa Babb, Georgia Institute of Technology (co-chair)
  • Roy Austin, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
  • Graham Engebretsen, Goods & Services
  • Karin Hibma, : : CRONAN : :
  • Oen Michael Hammonds, IBM
  • Dian Holton, AARP
  • Katrin Loss, BestBuy

Selection criteria given to the 2020 nominating committee

Open number of board seats
There are five core three-year seats that are filled annually, with a term through 2023. Additionally, unique to this year, there are three partial-term board seat vacancies that the committee will be filling this year, which include one two-year seat with a term through 2022 and two one-year seats with a term through 2021.

Attributes
For the board to effectively govern, it is essential for directors to represent a variety of skills, experience, perspectives and expertise. Considering the roles and contributions of departing and continuing board members, the incoming slate of directors should consist of individuals with Board-level leadership experience outside of AIGA who can best support four standing board committees that oversee the key functional areas of finance, governance, corporate relations, and member and chapter community.

Additionally, the board as a whole should embody the diversity that is reflective and representational of our national community as well as exemplary of and supportive to the changes we’re striving to make as a community.

Ideal attributes for 2020
AIGA seeks directors with demonstrated background / expertise in one or more of the following functional areas:

  • Adjacent industry organization experience
  • Business owner
  • Corporate leadership
  • Design Education
  • Design practitioner
  • Development experience
  • Entrepreneur / new venture
  • Expertise in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion / talent management
  • Financial management or acumen
  • Legal professional
  • Nonprofit or association management
  • Technology management

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. Nominees are not required to reveal personal information about themselves. The nomination form does however provide board candidates with the opportunity to share any different points of view they feel they might bring to the board should they wish to. A representative board would reflect a diverse range of the following attributes:

  • Age
  • Disability Status
  • Discipline (note: this is not limited to disciplines within the design profession)
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Geographic location
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socio-economic background
  • Workplace

Treasurer
A Treasurer elect position must be filled in 2020. This position will shadow the outgoing Treasurer for one year, and may be filled by a sitting member of the board or by a new member recruited for this position. This person should have experience reviewing financial statements and budgets.

The Treasurer will chair the Board Finance Committee, and work directly with the Executive Director and CFO to monitor the finances of the association and to communicate to the board about the association’s overall financial health.

The primary role of the Finance Committee is to help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibility to provide shrewd financial oversight, keep complete, current, and accurate financial records, and to ensure that the organization manages and invests its funds responsibly—in accordance with all legal requirements as well as the mission of the organization.

Specific duties include:

Financial Oversight

  • Ensure the records of the association are accurate and complete
  • Help the board understand the organization’s finances
  • Act as the board’s eyes and ears in the financial operation
  • Protect the association from actual or apparent conflicts of interest

Audit

  • Review the draft audit and 990
  • Present the audit report to the full board (if auditor does not)
  • Recommend the hiring, retention, or firing of outside auditor
  • Review the management recommendation letter and ensure follow up on any issues

Investments

  • Investment policy with objectives of the investment portfolio and guidelines on asset allocation
  • Ensure provisions of the policy are followed
  • Review investment policy and update as necessary
  • Hire and evaluate the investment managers

Time commitment required: monthly

  • Orchestrate and facilitate remote, monthly Finance Committee meetings; preparation required
  • Attendance, leadership, and participation in remote and in-person Board meetings; preparation required
  • Attendance, leadership, and participation in remote Executive Committee meetings

Time commitment required: quarterly

  • Review quarterly financials and investment results

Time commitment required: annually

  • Participate in the strategic budget planning process with senior staff
  • Review and approve annual budget. Recommend annual budget to the full board
  • Meet with outside auditor and investment advisor
  • Review and approve the audited financials
  • Review the federal informational return (IRS Form 990) that is prepared for management by the outside auditors
  • Report on investment performance to other members of the executive committee
  • Participate in the annual performance review of the executive director that is conducted by the Executive committee

Other considerations

Board member participation
As leaders of a professional membership association, every member of the board is expected to participate in AIGA as an active member for the duration of their board service. Board members are strongly encouraged to join at the highest membership level that they are able, and to cover their own travel expenses and registration fees for AIGA meetings or events to the extent possible.

Representation from formal education sector
In each board cohort, the committee will aim to ensure that one member of the board is a full-time educator working design or a related field, a candidate with an expressed and principal interest in design education (pedagogy, curricula, theory, research) and demonstrated leadership in that community, or a candidate willing to be an active and accessible advocate for the Design Educators Community (DEC) Steering Committee, the DEC general membership, student group advisors, and education chairs within chapters.

Conflict of interest
We understand from time to time topics can arise over the course of board service that may provide the appearance of a conflict of interest. Each National Board member is expected to review and sign a Conflict of Interest statement at the start of their board service. Conflict of interest exceptions can be noted at any point during a board member’s term as board discussions arise or professional affiliations or relationships evolve or emerge. In such cases the board member must excuse themself from board discussion pertaining to any exceptions noted.

Policy on serving on national and chapter boards simultaneously
There is no reason that chapter board members should not be nominated and selected for service on the national board. This is not necessarily a conflict of interest. However, every national board member is expected to represent members as a whole throughout their service on the national board; and to respect both confidentiality and solidarity with national board deliberations and decisions. For this reason, and to ensure that all national board members can meet the expectations, norms, and ethical considerations of the national board, any nominee selected to serve on the national board while still serving on a chapter board, must resign one of the positions. This is not to say that the national board role is predominant; it simply means that it is not acceptable for any national board member to compromise the ethical and principled expectations of the national board position knowingly or unintentionally, as a result of conflicting responsibilities of other boards or positions.

Context
Nominating candidates to the AIGA National Board is essentially succession planning. As such, each slate must be considered within the following contexts:

  • Does each candidate individually meet the requisite criteria? Does the slate as a whole represent a balance of expertise, experience, and point of view that AIGA is proud to stand behind?
  • How well does the slate represent the broader community, its concerns and interests?
  • Does the slate result in an overall board that meets the necessary attributes

Completing the nomination form

Any individual willing to participate and to fulfill the obligations of board membership may self-nominate by completing the nomination form by April 8, 2020. The nominee need not be a member at the time of nomination, but will be expected to become a member if approved. 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 Responsibilities and the Board Conflict of Interest Policy to better understand the responsibilities of elected board members. If you have questions about the 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.

Board Responsiblities

The board of directors is an elected body that holds the institution in trust for AIGA members past, present, and future, with a guiding principle of leaving the institution stronger at the end of each director's term than it was at the beginning.

The Board's special responsibility is to see that the Executive Director, who serves as CEO, is managing the association in a manner that responds to the expressed needs of members, and anticipated needs of the future profession. AIGA's Board is a working board, actively participating in leadership and governance, however, the Board does not serve in an operational or managerial role.

Board members of AIGA are committed to a variety of obligations and responsibilities. Most of these are traditional in nature and are listed here. However, one obligation warrants special attention. Each board member is expected to maintain an AIGA membership at the highest level they are able for the duration of their term.

Primary activities of national Board members:

The national Board helps to define and redefine AIGA's evolving vision, reviews and approves operational policies from year-to-year, and reviews and approves the annual budget.

National Board members are expected to act as brand ambassadors for AIGA during their term of service, and after their service. In general terms this means:

  • Supporting the organization's vision of a community of design advocates and practitioners that advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force by connecting practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons; advocating for the value of designers and design in business, government, media and the public; enhancing professional development; defining standards and ethical practices; inspiring designers and the public; establishing criteria for design education that meets the needs of the profession; making powerful tools and resources available and accessible; celebrating and enhancing the value of design; and upholding and strengthening our values of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Balancing future orientation with appreciation of AIGA’s past legacy and evolving vision
  • Developing and maintaining active communication with the design community, acting as an advocate for AIGA and the organization’s vision, policies, and programs
  • Attending national and local AIGA events and being accessible at those events: listening to members, supporting and encouraging dialogue with the chapters, regions, councils and task forces
  • Keeping Board leadership and professional management informed of any issues raised by members or chapter leaders, while retaining an objective role in representing the Board and management's positions in conversations with members and chapter leaders
  • Encouraging colleagues to become active members of AIGA, and encouraging AIGA membership whenever possible
  • Setting an example for other professionals by giving through the fundraising options available to the AIGA membership
  • Actively participating in Board Committee work to support AIGA's goals and objectives: Committees have clear charters tied to the strategic plan and are key elements of the Board’s structure, providing all members with focused work and responsibilities
  • Board Committee Chairs work in coordination with each other through the Executive Committee and support full board participation in decision-making
  • In addition to Board Committee work, Board members are also called on to help secure adequate resources for the activities of the organization, which may mean assisting AIGA staff with sales outreach or fundraising, contributing money or time to AIGA events or programs, or making valuable introductions between AIGA staff and personal contacts to leverage larger sponsor relationships

Board members must:

  • Review and approve fiscal policy and boundaries, including budgets, and financial controls, and approve operational policies for AIGA's general course from year to year
  • Know the provisions of the organization's charter, Constitution and Bylaws, and policies, and ensure that they are being followed
  • Select, evaluate, appoint and, if necessary, terminate the Executive Director
  • Assist in raising adequate resources for the activities of the organization

Board members should not:

  • Engage in the day-to-day operation of the organizationor make detailed programmatic decisions more appropriately left to staff
  • Direct, evaluate or hire staff other than the Executive Director
  • Make any commitment of AIGA staff or financial resources except with the prior authorization of the full Board and the Executive Director
  • Make any offer or commitment to allow exceptions to AIGA policies

Time and travel commitments of national board members

The national board has a monthly conference call that typically ranges from one to two hours. While not all monthly calls are designated as official board meetings, for which attendance is required, board members are encouraged to participate in every call and meeting.

For both the calls and the official meetings, board members should schedule sufficient time in advance to review the call agenda and supporting materials to assure active, informed participation. Supporting materials can often be substantial, consistent with the fiduciary and governing responsibilities of a board of an established national institution. Whenever possible, materials will be provided no later than a week before the scheduled meeting.

The national board holds regular in-person meetings three to four times each year. While participation by conference call is possible, in-person attendance is preferred. Board members are expected to make their own travel and lodging arrangements, and to cover their own travel and event registration costs to the extent possible. In order to encourage a diverse Board, some members' participation at in-person meetings may be subsidized from time to time.

Incoming Board members will participate in either an in-person or virtual orientation session in early July. The session provides new directors with an overview of the organization, board work and responsibilities, and Board Committee activities and participation, and is designed to encourage their full engagement in the board.

The board typically schedules in-person meetings to take place adjacent to any national events. In such cases, Board members should schedule time to attend both the board meeting and the events one of which is the AIGA Leadership Retreat. Occasionally, but not always, the board will schedule additional in-person meetings,  in which case the date and location will be determined.

If a board member misses actively participating in two consecutive official board meetings, the Board President and Board may ask them to step down.

Financial obligations of board members

Each national board member is expected to maintain an active AIGA membership at the highest level that they are able for the duration of their board service.

As stated above, Board members usually cover their own travel and accommodations costs for all in-person board meetings (typically three to four per year). While AIGA may be able to offer preferential hotel rates for some of these meetings, it will be up to board members to book their own rooms and cover all hotel costs as well as flights, and travel expenses to the extent possible.

National board members are expected to attend and support national AIGA events by purchasing an event registration and actively participating in the event and its promotion. 

Accountability guidelines

In general, the following guidelines are recommended for nonprofit organizations to reduce liability by strengthening the accountability of the board—board members should:

  • Attend all in-person Board meetings and participate in monthly Board calls
  • Support the organization's goals, objectives, and programs
  • Read Board agenda and supporting materials prior to each Board meeting to assure active, informed participation
  • Ensure the organization keeps permanent records of all board minutes and official actions
  • Be certain the organization is fulfilling all aspects of its nonprofit and tax exempt status
  • Know the budget, budget process, and financial situation of the organization
  • Pursue the warning signs that something is wrong, and inquire if there is something you do not understand, or if something comes to your attention that causes you to question a policy or practice. Leadership is often defined as having answers, or taking charge, however, one of the most important forms of leadership that Board members undertake is simply to ask substantive questions
  • Insist on meaningful Board meetings with full disclosure of operating results
  • Communication and transparency: good communication is a key to effectiveness. Board members are encouraged to ask hard questions and get honest and complete answers
  • Know and build relationships with the directors and officers of the organization and Board colleagues: Boards are social groups and each has its own distinctive culture. Boards that work well have incorporated governance and personal initiative into their organizational culture. They have enthusiasm, momentum, and flexibility. Effective leadership boards foster environments where directors trust and respect one another, communicate clearly and often, know their organizations well, care deeply about mission, and understand their legal and moral responsibilities, respect is crucial. Respect among the current Board for each other and for the Executive Director comes from acknowledging and honoring their mutual responsibilities for their work and for the organization. The AIGA Board should be a group that each member is proud to be part of
  • Learn from conflict and constructive debate: willingness and ability to work through conflict strengthens the Board and the organization. The ability to disagree productively is one sign of a strong board culture. Constructive debate and dialogue results in decisions that are more fully thought out; diverse perspectives are encouraged
  • Require the organization to engage competent legal counsel
  • See that the organization maintains good credit and financial standing
  • Review the organization’s insurance program
  • Review and authorize appropriate indebtedness for major programs and contracts
  • Adopt and follow sound business policies and practices
  • Avoid conflicts of interest for the organization and its members
  • Build high expectations into the culture; there are clear expectations that service to the board is a serious and demanding job

Board Conflict of Interest Policy

AIGA's National Board members must each review and sign a conflict of interest statement at the beginning of their board service and reveal any financial or other relationships with the organization or with other members of the board that could be or could be perceived as a potential conflict of interest. The statement serves as a non disclosure agreement as well in that it includes a provision prohibiting the use or sharing of information gained through board service that is not open to the public:

Board Conflict of Interest Policy
AIGA Directors (i.e., members of the AIGA Board of Directors) have special responsibilities for the stewardship of AIGA funds, property, and interests.

By acceptance of election to the AIGA board, each director acknowledges these responsibilities and agrees to regulate his or her personal conduct in a manner that assures AIGA, its members and his or her AIGA colleagues of loyalty to these responsibilities and uncompromised integrity in their discharge.

Each AIGA director has a continuing obligation to protect and conserve all AIGA money, property, and other resources, expending them in the best interests of AIGA strictly in accordance with policies adopted by the Board of Directors and authority and guidelines established by AIGA. Except by virtue of good reputation derived from service to AIGA, no AIGA director shall seek to use his or her relationship to AIGA for his or her personal benefit or professional advancement.

No AIGA director shall solicit or accept, directly or indirectly, anything of substantial monetary value (including any gift, gratuity, favor, loan, or other consideration) from any person, corporation, chapter, or other entity that has, or is seeking, a contractual, employment, financial or other beneficial relationship with AIGA, which relationship may be substantially affected by that director’s performance of his or her duties to AIGA.

AIGA shall not provide loans (or the equivalent, such as loan guarantees, purchasing or transferring ownership of a residence or office, or relieving a debt or lease obligation) to directors, officers, or trustees.

Each AIGA officer shall avoid any conduct that might result in the loss of public confidence in the responsible performance of AIGA functions, the impairment of AIGA efficiency or economy, or might reasonably give the appearance of:

  • The extension of preferential treatment to any person, group, organization, or other entity
  • The compromise or loss of complete impartiality of judgment and action
  • The making or implementation of an AIGA decision outside of standard AIGA policies and guidelines

No AIGA director shall make use of, or permit others to make use of, any information obtained as a result of his or her relationship with AIGA, which information is not generally available to the public, whether for direct personal gain or for advice to others with whom he or she has family, business, financial or professional ties.

AIGA is effective only as long as it maintains the design community’s trust. All directors are required to perform in a manner that is consistent with these principles. Failure to do so may, in the interest of AIGA, be grounds for a request for resignation from the board.

I have read the AIGA conflict of interest statement and agree to abide by its provisions and have reported any necessary exceptions below. 

Past National Boards

July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020

Dana Arnett, President
Ashleigh Axios, President Elect
Terry Marks, Treasurer
Helen Armstrong
Lisa Babb
Sarah Brooks
Antionette Carroll
Sara Frisk
Richard Hollant
Marty Maxwell Lane
Jamie Myrold
Christine Taylor
Richard Ting
Hugh Weber
Forest Young 
Andy Rich, Presidents Council Chair  

 

July 1 2018–June 30, 2019

Dana Arnett, President
Terry Marks, Treasurer
Justin Ahrens
Helen Armstrong
Ashleigh Axios
Sarah Brooks
Antionette Carroll
Sara Frisk
Karin Hibma
Randy J. Hunt
Jamie Myrold
Christine Taylor
Richard Ting
Hugh Weber
Gage Mitchell, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 2017–June 30, 2018

Su Mathews Hale, President
Andrew Twigg, Treasurer
Julie Anixter, Executive Director
Justin Ahrens
Helen Armstrong
Ashleigh Axios
Sarah Brooks
Sara Frisk
Agustín Garza
Karin Hibma
Richard Hollant
Mathew Muñoz
Christine Taylor
Richard Ting
Jennifer Visocky O'Grady
Hugh Weber
Jenny Price, Presidents Council Chair
Dana Arnett, President Elect, Ex Officio
Ann Willoughby, Ex Officio

 

July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017

Su Mathews Hale, President
Andrew Twigg, Treasurer
Julie Anixter, Executive Director
Justin Ahrens
Ashleigh Axios
Ken Carbone
Agustín Garza
Karin Hibma
Richard Hollant
John Luu
Mathew Muñoz
Christopher Simmons
Jill Spaeth
Christine Taylor
Jennifer Visocky O'Grady
Paul Wharton
Jenny Price, Presidents Council Chair
Sean Adams, Ex Officio 

 

July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016

Su Mathews Hale, President
Andrew Twigg, Treasurer
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Deborah Adler
Ken Carbone
Agustín Garza
Jenny Lam
John Luu
Mathew Muñoz
Kevin Perry
Rukmini Ravikumar
Christopher Simmons
Brian Singer
Jill Spaeth
Jennifer Visocky O'Grady
Paul Wharton
Gwen O'Brien, Presidents Council Chair
Sean Adams, Ex Officio 

 

July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015

Sean Adams, President
Darralyn Rieth, Treasurer
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Deborah Adler
Kim Baer
Robert Calvano
Ken Carbone
Allan Chochinov
Jenny Lam
John Luu
Su Mathews
Kevin Perry
Rukmini Ravikumar
Christopher Simmons
Brian Singer
Jill Spaeth
Paul Wharton
Elysia Syriac, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014

Sean Adams, Co-President
Drew Davies, Co-President
Darralyn Rieth, Treasurer
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Deborah Adler
Kim Baer
Andrew Blauvelt
Robert Calvano
Allan Chochinov
Su Mathews
Kevin Perry
Douglas Powell
Rukmini Ravikumar
Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque
Nathan Shedroff
Brian Singer
Andrew Twigg, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013

Doug Powell, President
Darralyn Rieth, Treasurer
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Kim Baer
Andrew Blauvelt
Ethan Bodnar
Gaby Brink
Robert Calvano
Allan Chochinov
Drew Davies
Phil Hamlett
Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt
Su Mathews
Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque
Nathan Shedroff
Robin Tooms
Dawn Zidonis, Presidents Council Chair  

 

July 1, 2011–June 30, 2012

Doug Powell, President
Zia Khan, Treasurer
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Julie Beeler
Andrew Blauvelt
Gaby Brink
Drew Davies
Phil Hamlett
James Koval
Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt
Santiago Piedrafita
Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque
Nathan Shedroff
Angela Shen-Hsieh
Robin Tooms
Kevin Perry, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 2010–June 30, 2011

Debbie Millman, President
Zia Khan, Treasurer
Julie Beeler
Gaby Brink
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Stanley Hainsworth
Phil Hamlett
James Koval
Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt
Santiago Piedrafita
Louise Sandhaus
Angela Shen-Hsieh
Robin Tooms
Brad Weed
Pamela Williams
Carolyn Colonna, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 2009–June 30, 2010

Debbie Millman, President
Zia Khan, Treasurer
Julie Beeler
Shelley Evenson
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Stanley Hainsworth
Kenna Kay
James Koval
Vernon Lockhart
Angela Shen-Hsieh
Laura Shore
Brad Weed
Lynda Weinman
Pamela Williams
Mira Azarm, Presidents Council Chair
Sean Adams, Ex Officio 

 

July 1, 2008–June 30, 2009

Sean Adams, President
Shel Perkins, Treasurer
James Ales
Laurie Churchman
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Nik Hafermaas
Stanley Hainsworth
Kenna Kay
Vernon Lockhart
Debbie Millman
Bennett Peji
Elva Rubio
Laura Shore
Khoi Vinh
Brad Weed
Pamela Williams
Mike Joosse, Presidents Council Chair
Mark Randall, Ex Officio 

 

July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008

Sean Adams, President
Shel Perkins, Treasurer
James Ales
Connie Birdsall
Laurie Churchman
Moira Cullen
Bill Grant
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Nik Hafermaas
Steve Hartman
Kenna Kay
Vernon Lockhart
Debbie Millman
Marty Neumeier
Bennett Peji
Hank Richardson
Laura Shore
Emily Carr, Presidents Council Chair
Mark Randall, Ex Officio

 

July 1, 2006–June 30, 2007

Bill Grant, President
Shel Perkins, Treasurer
James Ales
Connie Birdsall
Laurie Churchman
Moira Cullen
David Gibson
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Steve Hartman
Marcia Lausen
Debbie Millman
Marty Neumeier
Bennett Peji
Hank Richardson
Bonnie Siegler
Mick Hodgson, Presidents Council Chair
Mark Randall, Ex Officio 

 

July 1, 2005–June 30, 2006

Bill Grant, President
Doug Powell, Treasurer
Frank Baseman
Connie Birdsall
Moira Cullen
Jim Faris
David Gibson
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Steve Hartman
Marcia Lausen
Marty Neumeier
Hank Richardson
Lance Rutter
Bonnie Siegler
Michael Vanderbyl
John Zapolski
Kathy Fredrickson, Presidents Council Chair
Agnes Bourne, Ex Officio
Mark Randall, Ex Officio

 

July 1, 2004–June 30, 2005

Michael Vanderbyl, President
Doug Powell, Treasurer
Frank Baseman
John Bielenberg
Jim Faris
David Gibson
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Brown Johnson
Marcia Lausen
Marty Neumeier
Lance Rutter
Stefan Sagmeister
Bonnie Siegler
Cheryl Towler Weese
Ann Willoughby
John Zapolski
David Burney, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 2003–June 30, 2004

Michael Vanderbyl, President
Doug Powell, Treasurer
Dana Arnett
Frank Baseman
John Bielenberg
Jim Faris
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Terry Irwin
Brown Johnson
Lance Rutter
Stefan Sagmeister
Terry Swack
Gong Szeto
Cheryl Towler Weese
Ann Willoughby
Margaret Youngblood
Ria Sharon, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 2002–June 30, 2003

Clement Mok, President
Sam Shelton, Treasurer
Dana Arnett
John Bielenberg
John Chuang
Bill Grant
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Nigel Holmes
Terry Irwin
John Maeda
Stefan Sagmeister
Terry Swack
Gong Szeto
Petrula Vrontikis
Ann Willoughby
Margaret Youngblood
Noreen Morioka, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 2001–June 30, 2002

Clement Mok, President
Sam Shelton, Treasurer
Dana Arnett
John Chuang
Marc English
Peter Girardi
Bill Grant
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Nigel Holmes
Terry Irwin
John Maeda
Jennifer Morla
Terry Swack
Gong Szeto
Petrula Vrontikis
Margaret Youngblood
Amy Strauch, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 2000–June 30, 2001

Michael Bierut, President
Bart Crosby
Marc English
Peter Girardi
Bill Grant
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Eric Madsen
John Maeda
Clement Mok
Jennifer Morla
Emily Oberman
Mary Scott
Sam Shelton
Beth Singer
Tom Suiter
Petrula Vrontikis
Doug Powell, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 1999–June 30, 2000

Michael Bierut, President
Sean Adams
Maxey Andress
Bart Crosby
Michael Donovan
Marc English
Peter Girardi
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Eric Madsen
Clement Mok
Jennifer Morla
Emily Oberman
Lana Rigsby
Mary Scott
Beth Singer
Tom Suiter
Mark Oldach, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 1998-June 30, 1999

Michael Bierut, President
Sean Adams
Maxey Andress
Bart Crosby
Michael Donovan
Steff Geissbuhler
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Eric Madsen
Clement Mok
Emily Oberman
Samina Quraeshi
Lana Rigsby
Mary Scott
Beth Singer
Lucille Tenazas
Michael Vanderbyl
Sam Shelton, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 1997–June 30, 1998

Lucille Tenazas, President
Sean Adams
Maxey Andress
Michael Bierut
Meredith Davis
Michael Donovan
John DuFresne
Steff Geissbuhler
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Louis Lenzi
Samina Quraeshi
Lana Rigsby
Beth Singer
Michael Vanderbyl
Lorraine Wild
Paul Montie, Presidents Council Chair 

 

July 1, 1996–June 30, 1997

Lucille Tenazas, President
Michael Bierut
Meredith Davis
Janet DeDonato
John DuFresne
Steff Geissbuhler
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Sylvia Harris
Louis Lenzi
Steven Liska
Tony McDowell
Chee Pearlman
Samina Quraeshi
Fred Seibert
Michael Vanderbyl
Lorraine Wild
Bennett Peji, Presidents Council Chair

 

July 1, 1995–June 30, 1996

William Drenttel, President
Michael Bierut
Meredith Davis
Janet DeDonato
Hugh Dubberly
John M. DuFresne
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Sylvia Harris
Steven Liska
Tony McDowell
Chee Pearlman
Karen Skunta
Lorraine Wild
Fo Wilson

 

July 1, 1994–June 30, 1995

William Drenttel, President
Janet DeDonato
Hugh Dubberly
Richard Grefé, Executive Director
Sylvia Harris
Steven Liska
Ellen Lupton
Tony McDowell
Frederick Murrell
Chee Pearlman
Karen Skunta
Robert Swinehart
Massimo Vignelli
Alina R. Wheeler
Fo Wilson 

 

July 1, 1993–June 30, 1994

Anthony Russell, President
Michael Cronan
Paul Davis
William Drenttel
Hugh Dubberly
Joe Duffy
Caroline Hightower, Executive Director
Ellen Lupton
Frederick Murrell
Wendy Richmond
Karen Skunta
Robert Swinehart
Lucille Tenazas
Massimo Vignelli
Alina Wheeler
Fo Wilson
Doug Wolfe

 

July 1, 1992–June 30, 1993

Anthony Russell, President
Samuel Antupit
Michael Cronan
Paul Davis
Joe Duffy
Pat Hansen
Caroline Hightower, Executive Director
Ellen Lupton
Frederick Murrell
Wendy Richmond
Gordon Salchow
Judi Skalsky
Robert Swinehart
Massimo Vignelli
Alina Wheeler
Doug Wolfe

 

July 1, 1991–June 30, 1992

Anthony Russell, President
Samuel Antupit
Michael Cronan
Paul Davis
Joe Duffy
Nancye Green
Pat Hansen
Caroline Hightower, Executive Director
Ellen Lupton
Frederick Murrell
Wendy Richmond
Gordon Salchow
Judi Skalsky
Robert Swinehart
Massimo Vignelli

 

July 1, 1990–June 30, 1991

Nancye Green, President
Ivan Chermayeff, Vice-President
Cheryl Heller, Vice-President
Michael Mabry, Vice-President
Anthony Russell, Vice-President
Judi Skalsky, Vice-President
Leslie Smolan, Vice-President
Douglas Wadden, Vice-President
Samuel Antupit
Janet Blank
Sheila Levrant De Bretteville
Pat Hansen
Caroline Hightower, Executive Director
Harry Marks
James Miho
Clement Mok
Meg Revelle
Gordon Salchow
Greg Samata
Douglass Scott
Dugald Stermer
Jack Summerford
Fred Woodward
Lloyd Ziff

 

July 1, 1989–June 30, 1990

Nancye Green, President
Cheryl Heller, Vice President
Michael Mabry, Vice President
Anthony Russell, Vice President
Judi Skalsky, Vice President
Leslie Smolan, Vice President
Douglas Wadden, Vice President
Richard Saul Wurman, Vice President
Janet Blank
Ivan Chermayeff
Sheila Levrant De Bretteville
Pat Hansen
Caroline Hightower, Executive Director
Timothy Larsen
Harry Marks
James Miho
Clement Mok
Robert Ott
Meg Revelle
Gordon Salchow
Greg Samata
Douglass Scott
Dugald Stermer
Jack Summerford
Lloyd Ziff 

 

July 1, 1988-June 30, 1989

Nancye Green, President
Bruce Blackburn
Sheila Levrant De Bretteville
Stephen Frykholm
Milton Glaser
Steven Heller
Cheryl Heller
Jerry Herring
Kit Hinrichs
Tibor Kalman
Timothy Larsen
Michael Mabry
McRay Magleby
Katherine McCoy
Clement Mok
Anthony Russell
Gordon Salchow
Greg Samata
Leslie Smolan
Marc Treib
Douglas Wadden
Richard Saul Wurman

 

July 1, 1987–June 30, 1988

Bruce Blackburn, President
Douglas Bittenbender
Ralph Caplan
Louis Dorfsman
Stephen Frykholm
Milton Glaser
David Goodman
Nancye Green
Cheryl Heller
Steven Heller
Sharon Helmer Poggenpohl
Jerry Herring
Caroline Hightower
Kit Hinrichs
Tibor Kalman
Timothy Larsen
McRay Magleby
Katherine McCoy
Cipe Pineles
James Sebastian
Marc Treib
Douglas Wadden
Richard Saul Wurman

AIGA Past Presidents 1914–present