Raksa Yin
He is the Lead Experience Visual Designer at Amtrak Innovation, where they are building the future of rail. Prior, he has led design for the government, state federal, healthcare, finance, real estate, and start-up industry. His work focuses on the product design process, design systems, and design thinking. He finds time for creative side projects for his other passion in hand drawn typography and music.
Lauren Maffeo
Vice President
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
Programming Co-Director
Kathryn is a print and digital graphic designer, currently working for ODNI. As the Design for Good Executive Chair for AIGA DC, Kathryn leads CreateAthon DC event coordination and planning. In addition, Kathryn works with other board members to plan and connect AIGA DC members to the community through acts of service. In her free time, Kathryn listens to audio books, runs, and spends time with family and friends.
Jessica Hoang
Operations Director & Treasurer
A customer and employee experience leader for over 5 years, Jessica Hoang has spent the last 3 years as a multidisciplinary freelance designer pursuing her passion for accessibility and inclusivity. She is a guru for good, leveraging strategic design and research-based execution between corporate teams and local nonprofits to increase social impact through inclusivity, accessibility and social equity. You can find her crushing her next outdoor adventure with Kiba the Shiba, from climbing to travel, with a toolkit of podcasts and books.
Megan Kimmitt
Programming Co-Director
Megan Kimmitt is the Creative Director of an award-winning design team at AHIP, where she supports the healthcare industry through advocacy campaigns. She has over a decade of experience leading teams and mentoring designers to execute effective creative materials for the health care, energy, federal agency, and craft brewing industries. Outside of work, Megan volunteers with local non-profits, chases her toddler around at the playground, and visits family and friends in Baltimore.
Samantha Sekellick
Communications Director
Samantha Sekellick is accomplished communication professional with expertise in developing integrated campaigns. As the Graphics Specialist for the City of Gaithersburg in Maryland, she oversees branding and graphics for numerous programs, events, and departments. In addition to her graphics work, Samantha is an adjunct instructor at American University's Graphic Design program, integrating design principles, communications, functionality, code, and artistic form to inspire and educate the next generation of designers. With a Bachelor's in Mass Communications and Advertising and a Master's in Psychology, Samantha brings a uniquely strategic and creative approach to her work.
Natalie Aziz
Design Continuum Fund Chair
“Attitude determines altitude” has been Natalie’s mantra since justifying to her Middle Eastern parents why she should study art. That included a specialized Fashion Design program, then graduating from VCU’s School of the Arts with a major in Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Mass Communications. Currently, she is an Experience Manager at a design-centered organization, but you can usually find her spending time with her dog, Athena while researching and advocating for environmental sustainability.
Eric Johnsen
Email Chair & 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.
Stephanie Rudig
Community Editor
Stephanie Rudig is a freelance graphic designer, writer, and illustrator who works with publications, non-profits, agencies, and small businesses. Her focus is on creating vibrant editorial experiences, user-friendly assets for non-designers, and joyful, accessible designers. As a writer, she spotlights DMV artists, covers cultural topics, and critiques contemporary art and theater. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. Her other interests include making artist books, George magazine, chickens, puns, and her three-legged cat.
Greg Aylsworth
Managing Editor
With close to 30 years of professional design and communications experience, Greg Aylsworth is a designer and brand coordinator at the National Park Service. He manages visitor center exhibit projects for park sites across the country. Gene also leads the NPS Brand Ambassador Program, Identity Work Group, and is a member of the Arrowhead Committee, which oversees use of park service intellectual property. Previously, he founded Octoblend, a brand identity consultancy. Gene also served as Assistant Communications Director, Senior Designer, and a brand innovator at The Ohio State University Department of Athletics.
Supreet (Preeti) Kaur
Social Program Coordinator
Supreet (Preeti) Kaur is currently a project manager working as a federal contractor with the US Department of Transportation. Her passion for design, web development, and art led her to graduate from The University of Maryland, College Park, with a double BA in Art Studio (Graphic Design) and Art History with a minor in Astronomy. As a member of the AIGA and Graphic Artists Guild, Preeti continues to share her love for graphic and web design with the design community. Preeti also has a passion for community service, and is a sixth-degree black belt cross training in the Sikh and African martial arts.
Ariana Rodriguez Gitler
Membership & Volunteer Chair
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.
Kela Lester
DC Design Week Jr. Chair
Kela is a strategist and self-taught designer that thrives between design and business. After leading a marketing team to a successful startup acquisition, she's been using her talents for good in the social impact field - writing SheaMoisture's first impact report, building campaigns for the Ford Foundation, and more. Kela has been featured in esteemed publications like Harvard Business Review, the Women's Entrepreneurship Program at Cornell University, and several other award-winning projects. She looks forward to joining the board and continuing to make space for designers in the DC area.
Juan Pablo Madrid
Design Leaders Chair
Juan Pablo Madrid is a Visual Information Specialist with the Congressional Research Service (CRS) at the Library of Congress. He previously served as Senior Director of Design Innovation at Online Optimism, a creative digital agency, where he managed the Design+Development team. He has also held roles at the University of New Orleans’ Marketing and PR office and PepsiCo in Latin America. Juan Pablo is originally from Guatemala, and prior to relocating to DC, he spent nearly a decade in New Orleans. When not designing, he enjoys brewery hopping, exploring the Smithsonian museums, and visiting Apple stores.
Nabi Bilal
Programming Coordinator
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.
Natalia Arias
Mentoring Chair
Natalia Celine Arias is a multidisciplinary creative based in Baltimore, MD, with roots in Miami, FL. With expertise in fine art, graphic design, sound, illustration, and film, she possesses a diverse skillset. Natalia holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and has mentored emerging creatives with MICA, the T. Howard Foundation, AIGA DC SHINE, and ADPList. Dedicated to supporting mission-driven organizations through branding, Natalia serves on the design team of higher education nonprofit ITHAKA and owns Play By Celine LLC, uplifting gender diverse, queer, and BIPOC stories in media. Natalia pushes boundaries in design, fostering inclusivity and equity in the industry.
Tim Hoagland
Civic DotGov Design Chair
Tim Hoagland has served for a decade at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), most recently as the tech policy nonprofit's Deputy Director of Communications. Tim has long helped to oversee the organization’s messaging and strategy, while continuing to develop its award-winning visual voice as an art director and designer. He directs the strategy & implementation of all of CDT’s publicly-facing platforms, with a hand in everything from social media marketing to web development, illustration and graphic design, photography, and videography.
Aprile Smith
Design for Good Chair
Aprile is the Senior Graphic Designer, Brand Development at Bozzuto, where she spearheads corporate brand initiatives with precision and creativity. With little over a decade of diverse design experience spanning both in-house and agency environments, Aprile brings a wealth of expertise to the table. Beyond her professional endeavors, she finds joy in cherishing moments with her husband and two children.
Antwon Key
Education Coordinator
Antwon Key, an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Maryland, is a graphic designer and photographer. With degrees from Vermont College of Fine Arts and the University of Alabama, he has executed digital campaigns for various institutions. His award-winning project, "Red, White, and Black," appeared in HOW+PRINT Magazine's Best of Design 2019. Currently, Key is interested in Design for Social Change, aiming to educate designers about the impact of their subtle messages on society.
Nick Snyder
Sponsorship Coordinator
Nick Snyder He / Him Nick is a Creative Director, a founding staff member, and a Partner at the Pivot Group. Nick has 20 years of experience in advertising and design. In his current role Nick has helped elect people at all levels of government, from municipal office to the halls of Congress and from state legislatures to governor’s mansions. Prior to his current role he worked for clients ranging from Coca Cola to Mitsubishi Electric to Marriott. Nick loves print work (CMYK 4 Lyf) and is passionate about design leadership. When he’s not lending a hand at a Pivot photoshoot, Nick can be found running, either for pleasure or after his kids and pets, but not for office.
Kevin Patton
Sponsorship Coordinator
Kevin Patton is a designer, musician, and creative technologist whose projects often include novel approaches to physical and computational interaction in expressive contexts. His research interests include expressive technological systems, automation and agency, visualization, musical thinking, and human centered design. Recent projects include developing immersive web experiences, leading community design initiatives, and composing electroacoustic music. Kevin is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at the Corcoran School of the Arts at the George Washington University. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Brown University. He was an Invited Researcher at the Sorbonne, University of Paris IV, for the Spring of 2009.
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.