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.
Jason Adam, President
Jason Adam is a designer, artist, brand strategist, and the co-founder of Hexanine, a brand design firm helping build passionate audiences for organizations. Hexanine’s work has been featured in such publications as HOW, Los Logos, LogoLounge, and he himself has spoken for HOW Design Live and AAF. Jason’s commitment to excellent design and imaginative aesthetics is rivaled only by his think-outside-the-rhombus outlook, and he currently serves as the chapter President of AIGA Los Angeles.
Rachel Elnar, Secretary
Rachel Elnar is a designer, writer and founding partner at design firm Ramp Creative, and a passionate builder of creative communities. In 2008, she was named as one of Graphic Design USA’s “People to Watch.” She’s served as an adjunct professor of interactive design at Art Center College of Design, Cal State LA and Cal Poly Pomona. In 2012 she co-founded TypeEd, a typography education program dedicated to bringing the craft of typography back to graphic design education.
Cyrus H. Butler, Treasurer
Cyrus H. Butler owns an LA-based accounting firm, built with a base of over 100 clients solely through referrals, and provide bookkeeping, consulting, and management services nationwide. After graduating from San Francisco State with a Bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television in 2003, he held the Corporate Secretary position for the American Drilling Company. At Michael L. Witte, CPA, he prepared for audits for multi-million dollar oil companies before becoming an Enrolled Agent in 2009 and going out on his own.
Shannon Gabor, Communications Director
Shannon Gabor is CEO and founder of Venice-based agency, Clever Creative. With 15+ years of design and branding leadership, she has had the opportunity to engage on multiple brand touch points for a diverse portfolio of clients like Mattel, Warner Bros., Ritz Carlton, Burger King and Jamie Oliver. Her belief in bringing authentic storytelling and compelling imagery to brands has led the agency to provide solutions for the many Fortune 500 companies that call Clever their creative home.
Laura Hess, Development Co-Director
Laura Hess most recently managed a robust roster of clients at global advertising agency Imagination, including Patrón, Banana Republic, Virgin America, Gioteck, Delphi, NeueHouse and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Project. While at Imagination, Laura developed substantial knowledge of experiential design, which she now aims to infuse into the Los Angeles chapter of AIGA. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Communication in Evanston, Illinois.
Jennifer Sellers, Events Director
Jennifer Sellers, an artist and native Angeleno, has spent the past ten years creating one-of-a-kind events designed to engage the audience, ignite dialogue, and promote community growth. The Director of Special Events at Kluge Interactive, a cross-functional design firm based in Marina Del Rey, Jennifer is dedicated to bringing unique cultural experiences to the city of Los Angeles.
Amanda Hovest, Membership Director
Amanda Hovest is an energetic force of nature. Whether it be creating hardworking identity systems or learning how to hip-hop dance, her positive outlook and cheery disposition drive her to take on new challenges with spirit and enthusiasm. Currently a designer at KBDA, Amanda believes in meaningful, idea-driven design. She graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BFA in Graphic Design and a minor in Marketing.
Diane Lindquist, Production Director
Diane is a multidisciplinary designer and strategist, marketer, entrepreneur and creative cultivator for brands, start-ups and communities. Over the last decade she has worked with Intel, Mattel, Disney, Hasbro, The Dieline, MC Squared, Bank of America, Annenberg Space for Photography and Downtown Los Angeles’ hot new urban park, Grand Park. She is the Creative Director of Team Friday, a clever and avant-garde branding and marketing agency. She is Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder of Soirée Du Jour, a modern selection of party planning products and inspiration resource. Her newest endeavor, Lindquist & Co., focuses her talents in empowering female entrepreneurs.
Jennie McGuirk, Engagement Director
Jennie McGuirk is a Creative Director from Manchester, UK. A self-styledCreative Pollinator; she fuses Creative Direction, Research, Writing and UX Design to craft and evolve holistic brand experiences. Pushing the boundaries of the commercial creative industry for the last 15 years, Jennie has worked with London-based companies: Ogilvy, M&C Saatchi, Sectorlight Strategic Design, D&AD, and Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio. She relocated to work with multiple fashion brands in 2008, and is now a leading figure in the Los Angeles design community.
Matthew Manos, Member-at-large is a neo-philanthropist, creative director, and author that is dedicated to disrupting the economic models of service-oriented business. He founded verynice, a global design and innovation consultancy that dedicates over 50% of its efforts toward free services for non-profit organizations. He is also the author of “How to Give Half of Your Work Away for Free,” an internationally distributed documentation of verynice’s 50% pro-bono business model and the subsequent “Give Half Movement.”