Los Angeles
Board of Directors

AIGA Los Angeles board members serve a two-year term that runs from June-May. In April of each year, chapter membership is asked to nominate other members which they will be an asset to the Board and our chapter at large.

President

Jason Adam

Hexanine · @JasonAdam

Jason AdamJason Adam is an artist, designer, brand strategist, and writer whose commitment to excellent design and imaginative aesthetics is rivaled only by his think-outside-the-rhombus outlook. By challenging the status quo, Jason revels in uncovering strategic and unexpected design solutions and marrying them with supremely-crafted aesthetics. In 2009, Jason co-founded Hexanine, a brand/identity firm providing great brands with beautiful and effective design solutions, through a marriage of intuition and strategic process. He loves to sing-a about the moon-a and the June-a and the spring-a, and would also like to inform as many people as possible that Prince’s 1989 Batman soundtrack is a modern masterpiece. So say we all.

Treasurer

Rob Valerio

Otis College of Art and Design · @robvalerio

Rob ValerioRob Valerio is a business and marketing consultant, and Senior Faculty at Otis College of Art and Design, where he teaches business and marketing for creatives. Rob’s marketing classes focus on the changing competitive landscape brought on by the internet and social media. His business courses focus on the globalization of products and services and the unique role creatives hold as key to innovative companies. His company, Central Planning Organization, LLC provides experienced strategy and advice for small and midsize growth companies. Rob received his BA in Economics from UC San Diego.

Programming Co-Chair

Jose Caballer

The Skool · @theskoolrocks

Jose CaballerJose Caballer is the CEO of The Skool, an online education movement that aims to teach the standard process for successful web projects. He studied graphic design at Art Center College of Design. He has worked with diverse clients such as Al Gore, Jamie Oliver, Thomas Keller, Alice Waters and corporate client like Disney, Nike and Myspace.

Today he combines his 16 years of experience and his passion for teaching Web Design on his weekly show This Week in Web Design. and in training hundreds of students, freelancers, entrepreneurs and professionals at The Skool.

Programming Co-Chair

Chris Do

Blind, Inc. · @i_mdoughboy

Chris DoChris Do is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and is the founder and executive creative director of Blind, Inc.– a hybrid, digital, design studio that specializes in motion graphics. His firm’s work has been recognized by national and international organizations such as: the Emmy’s, Communication Arts, London International Awards, One Show, British D&AD, AICP, Pictoplamsa, How, 72 dpi, L.A. Weekly, Boards, Res 10, Type Director’s Club, IDN, Addy Awards, BDA, Create, Stash, AIGA, Art Director’s Club, New York Festivals, I.D., and Print.

He remains passionately curious about the intersection of culture, commerce and community throughout the prism of design.

Education Chair

Brian Herbst

BrianHerbst.com · @brianherbst1

Brian Herbst has been an instructor in the Graphic Design Department at Woodbury University for over a decade, and Rio Hondo College for two years. He teaches courses in typography, digital media and print production. He holds a BS in Graphic Design from Woodbury and an MFA in Visual Communications from California State University, Northridge. In addition to his teaching position, Brian is a professional designer having provided service to clients such as American Honda, Rain Bird, Washington Mutual and Revgear Sports. In 1999 Brian opened MediaFive which specializes in a wide range of clients and project types.

Communications Co-Chair

Rachel Elnar

Ramp Creative · @rampcreative

Rachel ElnarRachel is an interactive designer and founding partner at Ramp Creative. In 2008, Rachel was named as one of Graphic Design USA’s “People to Watch.” She has presented at multiple design conferences and served as an adjunct professor in motion graphics, user experience, and interactive design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and Cal Poly University in Pomona. She is currently teaching advanced interaction design at Cal State University Los Angeles, and produces typography programming at TypeEd.

Communications Co-Chair and Public Relations Chair

Amy Nadeen Wilson

AmyNadeenWilson.com · @amynadeenwilson

Amy Nadeen Wilson is a recent California State University graduate from Fresno with a double major in Graphic Design and Public Relations as well as a certificate in Event Coordination. She left the Central Valley for Los Angeles in 2012 with two years of graphic design experience ranging from agency and university environments to local community related endeavors. Currently Amy serves as Marketing Communications Assistant for OutThink Partners while taking on design projects on the side. An active member of AIGA and the Public Relations Society of American (PRSA), Amy loves social media, strategic communications and good cup of coffee.

Membership Co-Chair

Eric Graves

EricGraves.com · @ericgraves

After studying writing and English literature, decided to apply himself to becoming a designer. As a designer he always starts by writing, because he believes it’s the best way to give a design meaning, and without meaning, why bother. He’s been a practicing designer for 15 years, working on corporate communications for Fortune 500 companies in the energy, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Over the last 5 years he’s developed a specialty, helping corporations tell their corporate responsibility (CR) stories.

Membership Co-Chair

René Quintanilla

Behance Portfolio · @Rene-accentonE

Struck by a bolt of lightning, René runs at the speed of light in the name of good design. Fascinated by the notion of community, René works diligently at strengthening the connection between designers, whether through the student group at CSULA or beyond. As chair, he has pledged to bring diversity and unique opportunities for the AIGA membership in the upcoming months. He also injects that fun and spirit in his work as a freelance designer; in visual problem solving and clearer communication.

Sponsorship Chair

Marcy Rye

Wire Media · @wiremedia

Marcy RyeIn 2002, Marcy launched Wire Media to provide strategic communications to organizations that improve lives and communities.Marcy’s expertise is in communications strategy, creative concepts, and technical solutions. With a strong background in both design and technology, her deep set of skills includes branding, online engagement and website design, advertising creative, and graphic design. Over the past decade, her projects have recognition from the American Association of Political Consultants, Communications Arts magazine, and Interactive Media. Marcy designed the course syllabus and taught website design & technology courses for over seven years at Parsons School of Design and at the New School Online University.