Six national design leaders join the AIGA board of directors

NEW YORK–July 2, 2012. This month, six designers join the national board of directors for AIGA, the professional association for design, having been nominated following a national search and elected by a vote of AIGA's professional members. The newest directors represent a range of design disciplines and experiences and will serve one- to three-year terms.

Each of the new directors brings a specific perspective to the board as AIGA plans for the celebration of its centennial in 2014 and positions itself for success for the next 100 years. AIGA welcomes to the board:

  • Kim Baer, principal and founder of Los Angeles design studio KBDA
  • Ethan Bodnar, product designer at Skillshare in New York City and recent graduate of the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
  • Robert Calvano, director of Merck’s in-house agency Global Creative Studios, New Jersey
  • Allan Chochinov, partner at Core77 and chair of the Products of Design MFA program at the School of Visual Arts, New York
  • Su Mathews, senior partner at brand strategy and design firm Lippincott, New York
  • Darralyn Rieth, (treasurer), lead design operations consultant for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Philadelphia

Current board members Andrew Blauvelt (Minnesota), Gaby Brink (San Francisco), Drew Davies (Omaha), Phil Hamlett (San Francisco), Deanna Kuhlmann-Leavitt (St. Louis), Susana Rodríguez de Tembleque (San Francisco), Nathan Shedroff (San Francisco), Robin Tooms (Houston) and board president Doug Powell (Minnesota) will continue their service alongside the new directors. Together, they will work to ensure the organization is serving the best interests of designers and members–now, and for the next 100 years.

As the new directors assume their roles, AIGA also recognizes those completing their terms of board service on behalf of the design profession:

  • Julie Beeler, co-founder and studio director of Second Story Interactive Studios, Portland, oversaw the creation and development of the AIGA Design Archives, the largest collection of design inspiration available online.
  • Jamie Koval, principal and president of strategic design and brand consultancy VSA Partners, Chicago, spearheaded a strategic repositioning of AIGA and devised the concepts of “One AIGA,” highlighting the contributions of members and chapters, and “Head, Heart & Hand,” giving equal prominence to designers’ strategy, service and craft.
  • Zia Khan, founder and principal of Atlanta communication design firm Lucid Partners, served as treasurer on the national board of directors and worked to increase the transparency of financial information about the association at every level, including the creation of a new AIGA Annual Report
  • Angela Shen-Hsieh, partner at, Boston, a design consultancy specializing in data visualization and data-driven software user interfaces, was consistently involved in updating governance practices and seeking ways to relate resource and policy decisions to longer-term strategy.

AIGA sincerely thanks these board members completing their service and welcomes the insights of incoming board members for the 2012-2015 term.

About AIGA

AIGA is the professional association for design, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA today serves more than 22,000 members through 66 chapters and 200 student groups across the United States. AIGA stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. Learn more at

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