Chapter Advisory Council

About the Chapter Advisory Council


The Chapter Advisory Council (CAC) is made up of seven recent chapter board members working in close collaboration the Presidents Council Chairs and AIGA’s Membership and Chapter Development team. The CAC provides guidance on chapter issues from direct experience, empowerment for developing chapter leaders, and a wealth of institutional knowledge from their years of service in both local and national roles—all with the goal of helping set chapters up for long-term success. All chapter board members (not just presidents) are encouraged to contact their region’s Chapter Advisory Council representative for advice.

The goal of the Chapter Advisory Council (CAC) is to provide chapter leaders with guidance, empowerment, and knowledge to set them up for long-term success. The CAC is a mentorship, coaching, and knowledge transfer body for chapters.

The Chapter Advisory Council serves several functions:

  • Acts as intermediary point of contact between chapter leaders and national office; this body acts as volunteer regional directors, or a conduit between both parties to ensure relevant information is reaching appropriate people on both ends.
  • Utilizes prior experience to provide immediate guidance and counsel to chapter leaders on a range of matters (both benign and dire) pertaining to governance, membership, community support, best practices, etc.
  • Empowers newer chapter leaders through encouragement and leadership mentorship via new board member on-boarding assistance, by being available for online/phone meetings, in-person at chapter visits, and in-person at the Leadership Retreat.
  • Facilitates connections and knowledge sharing between chapter leaders, National Board, and staff to encourage organization-wide collaboration and mentorship.
  • Provides an ongoing source of information about chapters for the President’s Council, AIGA national office, and fellow CAC regional representatives.
  • Identifies stand-out chapter leaders who may want to stay involved with AIGA after their chapter service and have knowledge and experience to share.
  • Escalates dire or potentially dire matters (e.g. financial crisis, tax issues, governance issues, etc) to the presidents council and the director of membership and chapter development as needed.
  • Serves as a local point of contact for code of conduct violations; investigates and reports on behavior complaint(s) to director of membership and chapter development.
  • Advocates for the chapter’s perspective while being a sounding board for strategic direction, policy, program, content ideas from the national office.

The presidents council chair is the liaison between chapters and the AIGA board of directors. The designee serves as incoming chair for one year before filling the position. The presidents council chair is a voting position on the AIGA national board of directors.

Meet the CAC

Presidents Council Chair

 Jenny Price, AIGA Minnesota 
Jenny is a designer, strategist, and program director. She currently is a design facilitation leader and mentor, guiding higher education teams through discussions and strategies for enhancing community engagement and experiences. Jenny is President Emeritus of AIGA Minnesota and currently serves as Presidents Council Chair of AIGA, advocating for the betterment of design profession.

Incoming Presidents Council Chair

 Gage Mitchell, AIGA Seattle 
Gage is a design studio owner/principal, creative director, and strategist living in both Seattle (business hedquarters) and Raleigh (wife and dog). Through AIGA and his professional practice he is constantly pursuing his passion for demonstrating the power of design to make a positive impact on the world. Gage is President Emeritus of AIGA Seattle and currently serves as the Incoming Presidents Council Chair of AIGA and on the Design for Good and Living Principles National Task Force.

Chapter Advisory Council

 Jess Moore, CAC region 1
Jess is a designer, artist and educator somewhere in the Rocky Mountain West. AIGA Colorado  President Emeritus, serving as president from 2015-2017, and still advising the board in her Emeritus role, she fell in love with the mountains and has gone mobile with art making living in her travel trailer named Sylvia. She loves seeing growth from emerging designers not just in their applying design, but in contributing to the larger community. She firmly believes in the wider AIGA family, from her start as a designer on the east coast being a member of AIGA Baltimore in her formative years. Jess is looking forward to expanding that family to the west coast as Region 1 CAC representative.

 Sarah Miller, CAC region 2
Sarah is a designer and educator in Upstate New York. She is President Emeritus of AIGA Upstate New York, and continues to serve her local chapter as a board advisor. She also serves AIGA nationally as a Chapter Advisory Council member. In addition, Sarah is one of the three founders and organizers of Create Upstate, a celebration of design and community that brings together makers from Buffalo to Albany.

  Joe Schram, CAC region 3 
Joe  is a designer, technologist, product manager, and team lead who works with groups large and small to make or improve their products and services. As a multi-disciplinary polymath, Joe talks to people, tries things out, makes a plan, and leads teams forward toward their shared goals. Joe is President Emeritus of AIGA Raleigh—the organization’s first open chapter—and remains an Advisor to the board, and currently serves as a member of the Chapter Advisory Council for AIGA.

 Jim Ward, CAC region 4
Jim is a creative at Tether, illustrator, and sometimes cartoonist living and working in Portland, Oregon. His experience in collaborating and leading programs, initiatives, and organizational development through AIGA informs his career working with multi-national and local brands alike in print, environmental design, and brand strategy. Jim is President Emeritus of AIGA Jacksonville, and currently serves as a member of the Chapter Advisory Council for AIGA providing direction and mentorship for the empowerment and success of chapter leaders.

 Lauren Dougherty, CAC region 5
Lauren is a designer and strategist living in Philadelphia. She has been an active and dedicated member of the AIGA community for over 15 years. She is President Emeritus of AIGA Philadelphia (2015–2017). In her tenure as President, she helped AIGA Philadelphia build a strong and engaged Board of Directors, reach record membership highs, diversify programming, improve communications and better connect with the city’s greater creative community. 

 Devon Hoernschemeyer, CAC region 6
Devon is an art director/designer with an overactive imagination and outgoing social tendencies. She spends her daylight hours as the  believing her passion and tenacious grit are gifts intended for the service of others. During her tenure as President of AIGA Orlando, Devon led her creative community to increased growth by implementing an open chapter format, improving communications, and streamlining board operations. She continues to stay involved with her local chapter by overseeing their finances while mentoring other chapters as a member of Chapter Advisory Council.

 Lori Patton O'Hara, CAC region 7
Lori is the owner of Design5sixty4, is a design and brand strategist living in Colorado Springs, CO. She is a Navy Veteran, small business owner, professional UI/UX design, photographer and President Emeritus of AIGA New Mexico. AIGA has always been a part of Lori’s design career, as a constant support to her career and in turn supporting others develop their passions. Pursuing her love for design, Lori is excited to support chapters across the nation, covering Region 7 on the Chapter Advisory Council for AIGA.