Rica is a human-centered designer, creative strategist and social dogooder delivering impactful business solutions through data-driven design, storytelling and disruptive technology. She is a Senior Product Manager at
Deloitte Digital, and like any true Californian (by way of the Philippines), Rica is a big fan of tacos, beaches, big dogs, wine, and snowboarding. #designer #mba #immigrant
Steve is an Associate Director at CHIEF, where he works on Interactive projects for a broad range of clients, from nonprofit, commercial, and government. He assisted former AIGA DC president Ashleigh Axios through four State of the Union addresses for the White House. He has a passion for photography, hand-crafted design, and cooking.
Kimberly Steimel Howard
Vice Presient, Strategy & Communications
Kimberly is a communications professional with experience in writing, design, and social media. She has persuaded many nonprofits to start tweeting (#notsoscary). She loves concerts, comic books, and champagne.
Dara has been the AIGA DC Chapter Administrator for 20 years. She is also a social work graduate student and works in the field of mental health. She continues to provide support to the dynamic, ever-changing board of
volunteers with AIGA DC. Her favorite party conversations involve power rangers, baked goods, and military personnel/dog reunion videos.
Sam is the first-generation Nigerian creative with a passion for storytelling and social good. He has a big passion for filmmaking, improv, comedy and music. A self-taught designer he currently works on the digital team for Our Revolution and volunteers as a strategist with Color Coded.
Kimberly is currently the Visual Design Manager at Voto Latino near Dupont Circle. She’s interested in designing for protection of civil liberties and social good. Her background is in print and static digital work but she enjoys animation the most—making design come to life via keyframes and expressions in After Effects.
Libby is a senior visual product designer in digital media at NPR, practicing design thinking and agile methods. Libby’s background in user experience, interaction design and art direction have been essential to her work in news and media, particularly at The Atlantic and the Newseum.
Claire likes good content and works in content strategy, information architecture, design, project management, writing, and editing. She’s lived in DC for 10+ years, working for media organizations (NPR), arts groups (Washington National Opera, The Textile Museum), and now the federal government. She also plays fiddle in the bluegrass band By & By, has cats named Thing 1 and Thing 2, and makes a mean meatball.
TJ is a co-founder at Workhorse, a full-service design studio specializing in no-nonsense, high-quality strategy, design & development for brands—online & off. He’s also an all-around happy person.
Mary Corley is an avid problem solver, visual strategist, and graphic designer. An Oklahoma City native, she made the move to DC in 2014. After a brief stint on Capitol Hill, she joined campaign politics as Lead Graphic Designer at the National Republican Congressional Committee where she creates visual strategies for national digital fundraising initiatives and advertising campaigns. In her spare time, Mary enjoys lo-fi photography, live music, modern art, and learning ASL.
Coordinator + Secretary
Haydee is a creative professional, passionate about graphic design, which she uses as a vehicle to communicate ideas that create human responses and interactions. The challenges of today’s rapid changes in technology and society are the fuel that powers her creativity and inspires her to put it into practice. She is a Senior Graphic Designer at the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is learning motion graphics and loving every second of it! She is a big fan of Disney!
Continuum & Diversity Director
Dian is a deputy art director at AARP Media and freelance stylist of retail window installation. Her background includes publishing (print/digital), integrated marketing, branding, and styling. She currently serves as the Design Continuum Fund and Diversity + Inclusion director. Additionally she is part of AIGA national’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force Guidance committee. Gets distracted by shiny things and believes you can never have enough striped shirts. Never.
Fellow Award Chair
Maeg is a user advocate and digital designer at Atlantic Media. She believes in compassionate UX, squeaky clean code, and perpetual professional reinvention.
Lara Noel Key
AIGA 50 Chair
Lara is the creative director at Evolent Health, a high-growth healthcare transformation company. She is a branding & marketing enthusiast and in-house advocate. Lara likes to step away from the screen to hike, run marathons, scuba dive, read, or gorge on Mexican food.
Jenn is a Landscape Architect and spent the past 11 years designing public spaces in San Francisco, New York City, and Seattle before switching gears and moving to the other Washington to work in the non-profit sector. She’s now the Program Manager of the leadership and scholarship programs at the Landscape Architecture Foundation and spends her free time taking too many photos of her dogs.
Women's Leadership Chair
Katerina runs a consulting practice advising organizations on content strategy, content development, and thought leadership. As a female Creative Director, Katerina is dedicated to championing women in the creative industry through her work as the AIGA DC Women’s Leadership Chair
and SHINE mentorship program.
Chris is the Design Director at Threespot who believes good design can do great things. He has worked on a broad range of clients and projects from digital products to large rebranding assignments to national campaigns. He came to DC via Chicago, and like any good Midwesterner, enjoys a good drink, great food, and honest company (not necessarily in that order).
Cass is a senior graphic designer at a non-profit, where she works to oversee brand execution, print work, web graphics, publication design, and various in-house needs for the organization. Past design lives include on-site graphics director for an event/multimedia firm and in-house designer for a global PR firm (don’t tell anybody she knows Powerpoint). Cass dabbles in animation, lettering, and illustration, with the occasional knitting project thrown in for good measure.
Social Change Chair
Rebecca is a designer and soloprenuer of Studio Civico, a design consultancy for social impact. She believes passionately in the power of design to effect change. She is also a painter, a mom, and a native New Yorker who loves dark humor and cheery musicals.
Ambica is Principal & Creative Director at Eighty2degrees, a design & communications agency pushing the envelope and society in unique and bold ways. She is passionate about using strategy & design to make an impact in the world.
DC Design Week (DCDW) Chair
Dan Rader is a product designer and front-end wannabe and is currently an interactive designer at ISL. He believes in the power of design to affect change and always strives to put people at the center of everything he does. Dan is an avid cyclists, musician, and thinks he’s a chef.
Professional Development Chair
Stephanie is President and Chief Creative Officer of Reimers Design Studio, an award-winning digital agency. She is a German native, whose design work clearly illustrates the influence of the Bauhaus in her work, by creating simple yet powerful designs and branding messages for her clients. She spends her spare time engulfed with her passion for pottery, gardening, and cooking.
Freeman Robinson is a freelance art director, designer and illustrator leading in-house design teams for professional sports teams, government, and retail institutions. He is currently a freelance Senior Graphic Designer for Porter Novelli creating illustrations and iconography for various clients in the Washington D.C. Metro area. Like any good pirate he’s easily spotted by his collection of americana tattoos, penchant for rum cocktails and black yoga bag.
A creative strategist and passionate advocate for the power of design, Jelena pursues her cravings of innovation and user-centered design thinking with equal
passion, delivering work that inspires, and raises cultural + environmental awareness. She is a Sr. Manager, Art Direction at the American Institute of Architects, where she handles AIA pages in Architect magazine, and interactive media projects. When she’s not designing, Jelena loves to cook for her friends, drink tea, and read.
Design for Democracy Chair
Bic Vu is an experiential designer specializing in building narratives at the intersection of technology and physical space. Currently an Exhibition Graphic Designer at the Newseum, Vu is motivated by journalism that highlights how public policies affect every day lives.
Blake is a Digital Product Designer at Cava where he prototypes and designs tools to improve Cava’s customer experience with technology. When not designing he enjoys painting on skateboards, cycling, rock climbing and eating pizza.
Raksa Yin is an Associate Visual Designer at digital and marketing agency Huge Inc, where he is providing good, smart design solutions for social impact. He is obsessed with letterforms, interactive design, and the color red.