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 an independent creative director, designer, artist, brand strategist helping build passionate audiences for organizations that shape our culture. His work has been featured in such publications as HOW, Los Logos, LogoLounge, and he has spoken for HOW Design Live, AAF, UCLAx and Chapman University . Jason’s commitment to excellent design and imaginative aesthetics is rivaled only by his think-outside-the-rhombus outlook.
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.
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.
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.