Kimberly Arias
Kimberly is a Video & Motion Graphics Producer at the Pew Research Center, disseminating the Center's findings through animation, video, data visualization and interviews. When she's not playing with keyframes and expressions in After Effects, she enjoys traveling, listening to techno and hangin' with her pup, Zelda.
Chris Montwill
Vice President
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).
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.
Claire Blaustein
Communications Director
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.
Melanie Charlton
Mentoring Chair
Mel is a Partner at Brllnt, who leads from the belief that collaborative design has the power to solve even the biggest challenges. With the goal of connecting with DC’s design community through creative problem solving, Mel also co-founded Unleaded, a monthly design sprint MeetUp. She occasionally unplugs through kayaking, swimming, and being a dog mom to CinnaShiba.
TJ Cichecki
New Partnerships Chair
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.
Liz Rose Chmela
DC Design Week Chair
Liz Rose is the Founder and Creative Director of Made by We, a DC-based design studio committed to social impact through exceptional design. Originally from Louisiana, she made her way here after a pit stops in TX, IL, PA, CO, OH, Norway, UK & Venezuela. It took awhile, but she now calls AdMo home. Always up for exploring the DMV (usually accompanied by @heyjasperdog), you can also find her hiking, screenprinting and in search of the perfect Manhattan.
Mary Corley
Membership Chair, Member Renewals & Volunteers
Mary Corley is a graphic designer and digital strategist working in politics. Originally from Oklahoma City, she made the move to DC in Spring 2014. After a brief stint on Capitol Hill, she joined the NRCC digital team as Graphic Designer. She spends the work day creating visual strategies for digital fundraising initiatives and advertising campaigns. In her spare time, Mary enjoys live music, modern art, and going to the movies.
Sharon Duke
Professional Development Chair
Sharon is a designer and creative strategist at FleishmanHillard where she works on a wide variety of projects including websites, branding, motion graphics, and integrated campaigns for leading global consumer brands, Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations. Originally from Georgia, she loves sweet tea and pralines. She has a cat and a bunny (and yes they get along).
Nick Fabiani
Communications Coordinator
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 imagined.
Laura Guzman
Design Continuum Fund Chair
Laura designs for higher-education as part of the marketing and communications team at The Universities at Shady Grove and as a partner at Language Arts Press. When Laura is not working or studying for her Master’s in Tech Entrepreneurship, you can find her on social media, posting fearlessly about her travels, her family, and her various collaborative projects.
Dian Holton
Strategic Initiatives 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 Strategic Initiatives 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.
Chanel James
Programming Coordinator
Chanel is a self-driven, design butterfly who loves learning new things and taking risks. She is an in-house graphic designer at EAB, where she uses strategic design solutions for tough problems. In her spare time she can be found making it pretty and trying to get her hair into the perfect 'fro.
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.
Puneet Kaur
Programming Coordinator
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.
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.
Meghan Lazier
DotGovDesign Chair
Meghan Lazier is a digital product designer by day and a photographer and printmaker after hours. She's interested in civic innovation and design for inclusion. Before making DC her home base, Meghan lived and worked in Hong Kong, Kenya, Japan, and Afghanistan.
Erin McNally
Operations Director & Treasurer
Erin McNally is currently a Visual Designer at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she brings to life Pew's research and brand through a variety of print and digital design executions. An agency turned in-house designer, she enjoys challenges and the ability to problem solve on a daily basis. An avid reader and advocate of the arts, you can find her on one of her many yoga mats, running around the city, or spending time with her loved ones.
Lara Noel Key
Membership & Community Director
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.
Cass Olson
Programming Director
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.
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.
David Ramos
Education Director
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.
Jelena Schulz
Membership Chair, New Members & Roundtables
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 and 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.
Catrell Thomas
Development Chair
Catrell is a Design Associate at Hattaway Communications, helping nonprofits and foundations visualize narratives and establish effective, creative solutions. A proud DC native, she enjoys spending time with her family, working in her garden, and traveling as much as she can.
Bic Vu
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 everyday lives.
Raksa Yin
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.