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.

Jason AdamJason Adam

Jason is an independent creative director, designer, and brand strategist whose work has been featured in HOW, Los Logos, and LogoLounge. He’s spoken at HOW Design Live, Chapman University, and UCLAx. Jason previously served AIGA LA as Vice President and Event Programming Director.

Rachel ElnarRachel Elnar

Rachel is a designer, writer, and founding partner of Ramp Creative. Rachel is also the co-founder of TypeEd, a program dedicated to bringing the craft of typography to design education. Rachel previously served AIGA LA as Communications Director.

Adam WeidenbaumAdam Weidenbaum

As a designer with a background in finance, Adam brings a unique, analytical approach to creative solutions. He firmly believes that the utilization of extensive research and sound reasoning are vital to successful execution. Adam holds a Certificate in Design Communication Arts from UCLA Extension and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Emory University.

Jennifer Sellers Jennifer Sellers
Events Director

Jennifer is the Director of Special Events at Kluge Interactive, where she creates oneof-a-kind events that engage the audience, ignite dialogue, and promote community growth. She also serves as Events Director for Crossroads Cultural Center.

Vanessa B. DeweyVanessa B. Dewey
Events Co-Director

A native Vermonter, Francophile, and a passionate single-origin coffee drinker, Vanessa is an art director at Mattel Inc., board member of Women of Mattel, and is the co-founder of several Mattel internal creative groups. She is also the chair of Spark, AIGA LA’s networking series.

Patrick FredricksonPatrick Fredrickson
Communications Director

Patrick has spent the past 13 years developing engaging experiences for museum audiences and visitors at The Autry and the J. Paul Getty Museum, working with and leading multidisciplinary teams. He now works as a Senior Designer at Selbert Perkins Design.

Jessica Arana
Communications Co-Director

Jessica is an independent designer—a passionate storyteller with an insatiable curiosity for brand, company and social culture. She has a multifaceted background in art and design with a Masters in Ethnic Studies. Jessica’s interests in culture and identity, social justice, Latina/o art and girl-centered activism set her apart as a designer with passion and a purpose.

Lauren ForbesLauren Forbes
Communications Co-Director

Lauren is a Designer at Hasbro working on multiple brands such as Disney Princess, fulfilling her childhood dream of playing with toys all day. Previously she branded events that raised funds for cancer research as well as designed for multiple beauty brands.

Brian ZopfBrian Zopf
PR Director

Brian is the Senior Marketing Manager for Clean Energy Experts, a recently acquired start-up solar company. He’s previously served on the non-profit Marketing Advisory Boards for City of Hope and Mission Hospital.

Marlon FuentesMarlon Fuentes
Media Director

Marlon is working to design the next generation of online management education at the Center for Nonprofit Management, where he also teaches courses on storytelling, marketing, design & technology. Recent work includes the CNM re-brand and website.

Amanda HovestAmanda Hovest
Membership Director

Amanda is an energetic force of nature. Whether creating identity systems as a Designer at KBDA or learning how to hiphop dance, Amanda’s positive outlook and cheery disposition allow her to take on new challenges with spirit and enthusiasm.

Paul MendozaPaul Mendoza
Membership Co-Director

Paul is the Brand Designer & Strategist at memBrain, LLC, working with Fortune 500 clients such as Intel, McDonald’s, Hasbro, Logitech, Miller-Coors, and more. Previously, he served on the AIGA LA Development and Education Committees.

John TannerJohn Tanner
Development Director

A part of the senior leadership team at Wallace Church, John has held leading positions in Account Management and Business Development at Dragon Rouge, CBX, and Sterling Brands, and has developed branding programs for Nestlé, Disney, and Pepsi, to name a few.

Christopher EngChristopher Eng
Development Co-Director

Christopher is a former strategist for Walt Disney Imagineering and was responsible for creating the “why” behind multi-billiondollar projects, keeping early-stage R&D, rides, entertainment, hotels, etc. on point for delivering the intended value at the right investment level.

Jennie McGuirkJennie McGuirk
Engagement Director

Jennie McGuirk is a Creative Director from Manchester, UK. She’s worked with London-based companies: Ogilvy, M&C Saatchi, Sectorlight Strategic Design, D&AD, and Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio. In 2008, she relocated to Los Angeles to work with multiple fashion brands.

Ave ShalomAve Shalom
Interactive Director

Ave is an interactive designer specializing in UX/UI design for online software and marketing websites. She is currently contracting as a Creative Director for Modern Survey, where she leads all creative efforts from enterprise software concepting to marketing initiatives.