AIGA, the professional association for design, is a nonprofit professional membership organization founded in 1914 and headquartered in New York City. As a volunteer membership association, the energy and efforts of volunteer members are central to our mission. Our governance structure helps ensure that we stay focused on supporting our volunteer members.
National Board of Directors
AIGA is governed by a board of directors that is accountable to the membership as a whole. The board consists of professionals from design and related fields and reflects a broad cross section of the profession in terms of design disciplines, geographic locale, ethnicity and gender.
Role of AIGA Chapters
Local chapters are the fabric of AIGA, providing programming and supports attuned to the needs of members in their area. Following a federated model, every chapter is a separately incorporated, nonprofit corporation with its own board of directors and bylaws. A portion of national dues is provided to the chapters to assist in providing programming and services at the local level.
The Presidents Council comprises all currently active presidents in good standing at local AIGA chapters. The Presidents Council connects the work of local chapters with national communities, councils, and task forces, as well as the AIGA Board and its Staff. The Presidents Council is led by a Chair and an Incoming Chair who serve staggering two-year terms.
National Committees & Task Forces
AIGA has numerous other committees and task forces serving to adjudicate awards programs or to address a specific issue.