Claire Blaustein
Claire is a content designer, working across content strategy, information architecture, graphic design, writing, and editing. In her more than a decade in DC she's worked for NPR, Washington National Opera, the Textile Museum, the IRS, and HHS. Currently she is a senior information architect and content strategist for Sapient, working at the National Cancer Institute. Outside of work she plays fiddle in the bluegrass band By & By, and pets her cats Thing 1 and Thing 2.
Liz Rose Chmela
Vice President
Liz Rose is the Founder and Creative Director of Made by We, a collaboration-focused design agency. Originally from Louisiana, she made her way here after pit stops in several other states, Norway, the UK & Venezuela. It took awhile, but she now calls DC home. Always up for exploring the DMV (usually accompanied by @heyjasperdog), you can also find her hiking, screen printing and probably looking for a good Tempranillo.
Raksa Yin
Programming Director
Raksa Yin is a digital product designer who is also obsessed with letterforms and the color red.
Dian Holton
Programming 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 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.
Brian Whittaker
Operations Director and Treasurer
Brian is the Acting Executive Director of 18F, a digital consultancy within the federal government. When he's not working with federal agencies to improve how the government interacts with the public, he enjoys discovering new music, trying new food, and watching mixed martial arts.
Mike O'Brien
Communications Director
Mike O’Brien (Mike O.) is an independent illustrator, animator & designer – inspired by folk, lowbrow and outsider culture – using art and technology to help organizations build better communications. Lately he spends a lot of time collaborating with his partner Rachel Wallach, walking his dog Simon, drawing comics, and animating editorial illustrations.
Puneet Kaur
Mentorship Chair
Puneet is a graphic designer at Abt Associates, enthusiastic about the endless possibilities of design. Her fascination with visual communication began in Houston, TX and since then, she’s dived into all things branding, space, and most recently video animation. On weekends when she’s focused on designing her life instead, you’ll probably find her cooking up a Pinterest-inspired recipe, listening to a soulful podcast, or out appreciating nature.
David Ramos
Education Chair
David Ramos is a designer, developer, and design educator based in Washington, DC. He teaches in the graphic design program at American University, offering classes that integrate culture, code, and form. His research and creative practice looks at using products of design — maps, images, interactive systems, and in-person events — to help us imagine landscapes past and future.
Eric Johnsen
Communications Coordinator & Secretary
A native of Maryland, Eric is your friendly neighborhood pixel pusher. As a Digital Experience Designer for the University of Maryland, he designs/animates graphics for UMD's core websites, campus screens, and social media outlets, along with coding responsive emails. Outside of work, he's an avid moviegoer, comic-book collector, coffee addict and baseball romantic.
Jessica Kerbo
Programming Coordinator (Awards Chair)
Jessica Kerbo is a graphic designer and illustrator at Abt Associates with a background in public health. Previously, she worked in Communications at Jhpiego and as a Peace Corps health teacher. In her free time, you will probably find Jessica either baking, chatting with her family in Oklahoma, hiking, or drawing.
Joe Greeley
Community Coordinator
Joe works at Advoc8, an experiential marketing agency in DC, managing a team of in-house and freelance creatives. In this position and his previous one at a digital agency, Joe’s role has been air traffic control, managing creative resources, bandwidth, budgets, and freelance talent across design, video, and copywriting. A sixteen year DC resident, Joe’s a walking encyclopedia of restaurants, bars, and running routes, and is passionate about film.
Khanh Pham
Programming Coordinator
Khanh is a senior graphic designer at Fors Marsh Group. Throughout her career, she’s worked on projects from print to digital for a variety of clients, including national foundations, local nonprofits, and government agencies. Her past life involved international relations, PR, and marketing. Khanh enjoys visiting museums, learning about sea creatures, going to concerts, and reading in-depth articles. She knows which boba milk tea shops in the DMV are good.
Laura Svites
Volunteer Chair
Laura is a designer and animator at APCO Worldwide where she works on a broad range of clients and projects. She’s passionate about working with non-profit organizations and purpose-led campaigns. Outside of work, you can find her listening to true crime podcasts, fostering doggos, and spending time with her twin sister.
Lisette Baylor
Programming Coordinator
A D.C. native, Lisette is a Visual Designer whose design practice is focused on human-centered design and conceptualizing digital products that create holistic solutions for end-to-end user experiences. She has worked for many civic, nonprofit, and federal entities over the years and has a passion to create design systems that provide solutions for complex problems in a meaningful way that is usable and beautiful. When she isn’t trying to make the world a better place one pixel at a time, she enjoys spending time with her family and making their world better through corny jokes and good cooking.
Leon Lawrence III
Design for Good Chair
Leon is design director at the National Association of Counties and oversees all branding and visual communications. He has worked for USA Today, Black Entertainment Television, and in Yosemite National Park. When he’s not directing pixels, he enjoys mountaintops and wild places, in addition to solving the world’s problems over good wine and good food.
Nicole Cohn
Programming Coordinator
Born, raised and educated in the DC area, Nikki is here to stay. Nikki is a right and left brain thinker. Design is not just about making things look good! By day, she works as an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton. By night, you can find her cooking, practicing yoga, or out for a leisurely run. Previously, she spent a few years in hospitality working for Marriott International leading the creative vision for many prestigious events including the 2019 and 2020 Academy Awards (she has been twice!)
Radhika Bhatt
Development & Sponsorships Chair
Radhika Bhatt is an experienced technologist who has worked as a front end developer, user experience designer, service designer, and program manager across various Federal agencies. Currently as Program Director at the Census Open Innovation Labs, she runs a Federal tech accelerator program which facilitates the creation of tech products that use open data for good. Radhika is deeply passionate about using technology to improve people’s lives, is active in various design communities in D.C., and mentors people interested in breaking into the tech field. Outside of work, you can find her walking around different neighborhoods in D.C., attending a concert, or learning to cook something new.
Richard Bentham
Deputy DCDW Chair
Richard is an Exhibit Designer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. During the day, he's usually knee-deep in a sea of construction documents to help translate a narrative, story, idea, question, or memory into 3-dimensional space. His downtime is mostly spent having thoughtful conversations around a multitude of topics ranging from current economic conditions to great restaurants in the district.
Susan Taylor
DotGov Design Chair
Washington, D.C.-based photographer and graphic designer Susan Taylor founded her studio in 2016. In a previous life she was a company cog for the Department of Defense, working as a photographer and designer by night (like reverse Batman). She now works at the Library of Congress as a Graphic Designer and dedicates all of her time to graphic design projects and photography. You can often find her aiming her camera toward points of interest while walking her small herd of dogs around Capitol Hill. Don’t hesitate to stop her on the street (or at the cheese stand in Eastern Market) to discuss history, camera gear, or font choices.
TJ Gioconda
Digital Programming Chair
For over a decade, TJ has been delivering websites, games, apps, and creative with a variety of nonprofits and governmental agencies. His ability to discover and understand users' goals helps him design and lay a strong foundation for any product build. Currently, you can find TJ serving as the Senior Product Designer at The Washington Post. When he is not at work, TJ enjoys crushing an opponent in overly-complicated board games, exploring new-to-him destinations, taking advantage of other friends' hobbies, and staring back at his cats.
Nick Fabiani
DC Design Week Chair
Nick is the design associate at Democracy Fund, where he creates engaging reports, data visualization, infographics, and presentations to help advance the organization's mission to make democracy work better. His free time is spent learning fun facts about his home state (Connecticut) and creating new transit maps for systems real and
Rebecca Price
Social Media Chair
Rebecca is a graphic designer currently working as Senior Digital Designer at Edelman. There, they help clients reach their audiences through engaging social media content and thoughtful branding. Outside of work, you can catch them sipping a fancy cocktail, watching a horror flick, or walking their dog Ipa (yes, like the beer). As a recent transplant from Atlanta, Rebecca will never get used to the cold weather, but does love exploring the DMV and all the region has to offer.
Cass Olson
Experience Chair
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
Rebecca Perez
Salon 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.
Dara Adams
Chapter Administrator
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.
Amanda Bantug
Programming Coordinator (incoming)
Amanda Bantug is a US-born and Philippines-raised multimedia artist with more than a decade of experience. To tell compelling stories, she uses a broad range of media: from video to graphic design, to animation. Her multicultural background lends her a unique perspective and helps her communicate to and for diverse audiences. Passionate about art and learning, Amanda is always expanding her podcasts and reading lists. In her spare time, you can find her crocheting stuffed toys, playing board and video games, or trying out new recipes.
Nabi Bilal
Programming Coordinator (incoming)
Nabi Bilal is a graphic artist and creative director. He has published and illustrated four children's books, served as the lead animator for a feature film, workshopped with Sesame Street, and is currently developing a series of short films that examine the intersection of religion, politics, and American society. A longtime artistpreneur, he's the co-founder of CreativeJunkFood, a multimedia creative studio that focuses on animation/video, branding & design, and murals & art installations. He enjoys practicing the ukulele and is a firm believer that teamwork makes the dream work.
Glennette Clark
Programming Coordinator (incoming)
Glennette Clark is a design researcher for the United States Digital Service, a non-partisan technology group in the Executive Office of the President. Glennette brings human-centered design practices to federal agencies including the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She is an adjunct professor with MICA’s Design Leadership program. She is the Founder of UXCamps DC & NYC and a member of the District of Columbia Innovation & Technology Inclusion Council. Glennette has a Strategic Design MBA from Thomas Jefferson University and a BA in Journalism from Howard University.
Ariana Rodriguez Gitler
DC Design Week Deputy Director (incoming)
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A Maryland native, Ariana is a project manager and strategist for product and service design engagements with a background in graphic design and content production. Since returning to the DMV after college, she has worked for various nonprofit organizations including PBS and Pew Research Center. Currently she’s a Digital Producer at AFS Digital Studio/Fjord, working with federal agency clients. She lives with her plant babies and is either crafting, baking, or party planning in her free time.
Lauren Maffeo
Managing Editor (incoming)
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Lauren works as a service designer at Steampunk, a human-centered design firm serving the federal government. She is also a founding editor of Springer’s AI and Ethics journal and an editor for Data and Policy, an open access journal with Cambridge University Press. She has written for Harvard Data Science Review, Financial Times, and The Guardian, among other publications. In her spare time, Lauren loves running, fostering dogs, and serving on the Board of Alumni and Friends of The London School of Economics, where she was elected Vice President in 2021.
Kathryn Olivieri
Design for Good Chair (incoming)
Kathryn is a senior management consultant and graphic designer for M2 Strategy. During work hours, she is often designing infographics and presentations. In her free time, she can be found reading or listening to books, running, watching the latest movies, or hosting game nights with friends. She has volunteered on the AIGA DC CreateAthon committee for the past two years. She is excited about the opportunity to join the AIGA DC board in a role where she can continue to help plan and evolve this event while also engaging more with AIGA DC as a whole.
Silvia Script
Awards Chair (incoming)


Silvia Script is a Senior User Experience and Interface Designer with a communication design background from Carnegie Mellon University, Corcoran College of Art + Design, and Rhode Island School of Design. She leads experience and interface direction at Publicis Sapient for various health, federal and commercial clients. Silvia is known for her innovative solutions to complex problems that are functional and visually aesthetic. She has designed iOS applications featured in the Apple App Store’s Best New Apps, Lifestyle, Productivity and Sports categories. She is a passionate educator and committed to mentoring aspiring designers.