Governance

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.


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 national staff. 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. 


Presidents Council

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.