Raksa Yin is a digital product designer who past clients were government agencies, higher education, pharmaceutical, finance, and healthcare brands. His work focuses on the product design process, design systems, and rapid prototyping. He finds time for creative side projects for his other passion in hand drawn typography and music.
Vice President, Secretary
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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.
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.
Iyana Moore is a creative communications professional with a decade of experience executing communications, media relations, and public outreach strategies. She is a national award-winning diversity leader, having served as Ad 2 DC’s Diversity and Inclusion Chair and Vice President, helping them win Club of the Year.
Iyana is the owner and principal consultant of The Digital Media Studio, a digital communications firm specializing in social media, content creation, and brand positioning. Some of her clients include Future Business Leaders of America, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, and Phoenix International School of the Arts, a tuition-free arts and international-focused public charter school.
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.
Membership & Volunteer Chair
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!)
Gene Alexeyev is a programs communications manager for the AARP Foundation. He spent the last decade leading marketing campaigns and program and workforce development in the hospitality sector. Earlier in his career, he was a wine director, a strategist and partnerships manager for social and community advocacy organizations, and an editor for two weekly newspapers. He immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager, graduated from college in Massachusetts, has traveled extensively throughout the country, and now lives in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, DC, with his partner.
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.
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.
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 Media Chair
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
DC Design Week Executive Director
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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.
DC Design Week Deputy Director
Kafi Waters is an experienced design leader passionate about design, business, and technology. An ambassador of social impact innovation, she helps organizations act strategically and deliver bold solutions. Focusing on social impact, Kafi takes a human-centered design approach to developing business models with social entrepreneurs. As an innovation champion with AARP Innovation Labs, Kafi shapes products and services through her design thinking and innovation work with startups. Kafi is an adjunct instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art teaching in the MPS, UX Design Program. She is also a co-producer of UXCamps DC and NYC.
Design for Good Executive Chair
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.
Design for Good Deputy Chair
Eric Chiu is a service designer and researcher who focuses on improving interactions between the public and institutions through design. On a professional level, Eric's work strives to redistribute decision power to underserved communities, amplifying the voices of those who experience scarcity. Outside of work, Eric's a proud plant parent and an avid home chef.
Civic Design Chair
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.
Design Leaders Chair
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.
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.
Social Programs Chair
Ashley is a northern Virginia native who is passionate about creating opportunities for creatives, entrepreneurs, and people in tech. With experience in non-profits and venture capital, she brings a wealth of knowledge in project management, pitching, and event planning. Ashley currently runs a boutique design agency, PearlLumi Creative, out of Alexandria, where she leads a team of UX designers and developers building MVPs for early stage companies. In her spare time, you can find Ashley curating international vacations for friends and family, or trying out new restaurants in the DMV.
David Spears is the Design Director at Burness as well as a professor at the Academy of Art University. He completed an artist residency on Building Brands With Type at the School of Visual Arts in August 2021 and received an MFA in Graphic Design in 2016 from the Academy of Art University. For his thesis project, David developed a texting app with animated weather backgrounds that aimed to infuse text messages with nonverbal cues and address the problem of miscommunication. David received his undergraduate education at the University of Pittsburgh, double majoring in Studio Arts and Psychology.
Juan Pablo Madrid
Juan Pablo Madrid is the Senior Director of Design Innovation at Online Optimism, a creative digital agency, where he manages the Design+Development team and explores new technologies. Throughout his time at Online Optimism, he has overseen the launch of dozens of design and interactive projects. Previously he 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.
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.
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.