At first, I was a reluctant leader, shy and unsure of my skills. Over time I became more confident in trusting my ability to see an idea and how to bring it to life. This skill has allowed me to shape communities and simplify complex ideas for others. I am grateful to AIGA for providing me with opportunities to shape the future of design leaders across the nation.
PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL CHAIR
I was appointed as the AIGA President's Council Chair because of my Presidency and overall engagement with my local chapter by the AIGA National Board.
I served as the liaison between all 70 chapters across the country, the Chapter Advisory Council, and the AIGA board of directors.
The role provides guidance on chapter issues from direct experience, empowerment for developing chapter leaders, and a wealth of institutional knowledge from years of service in both local and national roles—all with the goal of helping set chapters up for long-term success.
I was responsible for chairing the monthly calls with over 70 chapter presidents across the country and responsible for the planning, execution, and moderation of the annual leadership retreat held for over 300 chapter leaders.
I directed a task force of 10 chapter leaders to investigate how AIGA, the professional association for design, would use $1 million to help develop their communities.
Our team worked to create an application process that balanced ideas with execution and emphasized thinking big and taking chances. I art directed the branding of the program and resided on the committee to judge the applications.
In the first year of the 4-year program, we received 57 applications and the funds for awarded projects totaled $129,000. To date, we have awarded over $500,000 to chapter projects across the nation.
Chapter President, Mentorship Director, Bordo Bello Director,
Chapter President: I volunteered to lead a team of 23 volunteers to provide programming, build community, and invoke inspiration for the membership of the Colorado chapter of AIGA. We maintained a 40+ event schedule for over 2 years, increased membership by 36%, increased our volunteer network from 10 to 75 and almost doubled our available funds.
Bordo Bello Director: Over the course of six Bordo Bellos, this event grew from 50 local artists to 400 (including a large number of national artists); from no partners to over 40; from raising $3000 in its first year, to over $20,000 for two consecutive years. In total, Bordo Bello hosted over 1,000 artists and raised over $55,000 for AIGA Colorado's mentorship programs.