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
President

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.

Amanda HovestAmanda Hovest
Vice President / Secretary

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.

Adam WeidenbaumAdam Weidenbaum
Treasurer

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.

Stacy MesserschmidtStacy Messerschmidt
Events Director

Stacy Messerschmidt has over twenty years of experience in brand strategy, identity design, and project management. She served as the Creative Director at WPS for the last five years, and she now runs her own design practice in Studio City.

Vanessa B. DeweyVanessa B. Dewey
Special Events Director

A native Vermonter, Francophile, and a devoted single-origin coffee drinker Vanessa Dewey is a design thought leader and art director at Mattel. While at Mattel, Vanessa has worked across numerous IP properties as well as properties for licensors such as 343 Studios, Mojang and Disney. Additionally, she co-founded Mattel’s first the internal speaker series, ReFuel, and is the VP of the Women of Mattel organization. She has spoken at HOW Design Live and Portland Design Week and has been featured in WeTransfer, Print Magazine, and HOW. In addition to being on the AIGA LA Board, she is member of the the AIGA National steering committee for the In-house INInitiate.

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.

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.

Jod KaftanJod Kaftan
Content Director

Jod Kaftan has more than 15 years of extensive experience in interactive media at both agencies and start-ups. As an executive, Jod led product experiences for iconmobile and is now leading the service design practice at Fjord’s Los Angeles studio as Group Design Director.

Chris StrimbuChris Strimbu
Interactive Director

Chris Strimbu is an award-winning creative and the Principal/Owner of 3 Alarm Design. As Senior Director of User Experience and Design at Tribune Publishing, he led a team of digital creatives across all of Tribune Publishing’s 8 markets, including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune.

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.

Erika AbramsErika Abrams
Social Media Director

A native Angeleno, Erika Abrams brings over 16 years of professional experience in project/business management, human resources and film post-production that she’s utilized to build teams to complete the VFX work for dozens of films. Erika strives to live out her life’s motto each day: “Always be caring, confident and competent towards everything.”

Sebabatso MatseletseleSebabatso Matseletsele
Social Media Co-Director

Sebabatso Matseletsele is a graphic designer based in Long Beach, CA. A presidential scholar at San Diego State University and Vice President of SDSU’s AIGA student chapter, she served as AIGA LA’s Social Media Manager for the past year.

Paul MendozaPaul Mendoza
Membership Director

Paul is a Designer at Looking, a graphic design agency in El Segundo. Previous clients include Intel, McDonald’s, Hasbro, Logitech, and Miller-Coors. A veteran of the TV industry, Paul combines his writing skills with his design training to create effective business communication strategies for every situation.

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.

Flavia ArsenaultFlavia Arsenault
Engagement Director

Meet Flavia Arsenault: creative connector, talent developer, and croissant crusher. She started up the LA office for Mathys+Potestio and manages client relations, talent pool development, and creative job placements. She has previously served on the board of directors of the LA chapter of the American Marketing Association.