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 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 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.
Social Media Chair
Mariana is the Social Media Manager at Earthjustice, an environmental law nonprofit. She has 8+ years of social media experience in various fields under her belt, along with a strong photography and video production background. When she’s not working, you can find Mariana shooting portraits around DC and exploring new ramen restaurants. firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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. email@example.com
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 pitstops in TX, IL, PA, CO, OH, Norway, UK & Venezuela. It took a while, 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.
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.
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). firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Lead 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.
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. email@example.com
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 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 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 is a designer, developer, and design educator based in Washington, D.C. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Awards Chair, AIGA 50 & Fellows
Freeman is the founder and principal for Freeman the Artist, Inc., an independent visual art studio located in the Arlington, Virginia working to create iconic and powerful artwork for fearless clientele. He's spent over ten years designing for as well as leading in-house design teams for professional sports, arts & cultural, and retail institutions. Like any good pirate he’s easily spotted by his collection of Americana tattoos, penchant for rum cocktails and black yoga bag.
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 + 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 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.
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.
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.