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.

NicoleNicole Smith
Treasurer

Nicole is passionate about crafting intuitive experiences that simplify people’s lives so they have more time to connect to with one another. She is an experience designer at iconmobile in Santa Monica and a Certified Public Accountant with eight years of experience in finance and accounting.

Mark BakerMark Baker
Events Co-Director

Mark is a freelance designer with over a decade of experience in television, film, branding and marketing. His career began at an early age at AOL, then Disney, followed by forming a marketing company and landing clients such as Wonka, MTV, Texas Instruments and Ubisoft. Throughout his career he has helped create content and produce major events for the NFL, ABC, NBC, Fox, Nickelodeon and Comcast in addition to joining the product design team at DIRECTV.

SamanthaSamantha Cabrera
Events Co-Director

Sam designs enjoyable experiences for people. While at Gensler, she created branded spaces for clients such as HyundaiCard, Disney Shanghai, LiveNation, and Riot Games. She now takes this perspective of spatial design to digital at SapientRazorfish. She’s been a proud member and volunteer of AIGA since 2009.

KharaKhara Cloutier
Events Co-Director

A native of Austin, Texas, I am a designer and educator residing in Long Beach, California. I have developed unique brand identities for various clients and taught numerous classes on layout and print production at the college level. My true joy and inspiration is translating my clients’ stories into visual tapestries of texture, color and typography.

LeahLeah Esposito
Events Co-Director

Leah is multi-disciplinary Creative Design and Art Director. She has extensive experience developing concepts and strategies in the areas of advertising, marketing, branding, editorial and digital/e-commerce, predominantly for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands.

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. As Project Director for Altitude Design Office, he develops signage, wayfinding, and innovative branded environments and experiences.

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.

BSJBlakey St. John
Interactive Director

Blakey is a Director of Web Development with over 20 years experience in the industry. She has overseen development, design, implementation, analysis, specification, maintenance and evaluation of many different applications of Web and Mobile Systems.

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 graphic designer at Wondros, a media production company in West Hollywood. He is also a design instructor at UCLA Extension Visual Arts. Previous clients include McDonald’s, Logitech, MillerCoors, Intel, and Hasbro. Paul was convinced his patronus would be a penguin, but it turned out to be a St. Bernard.

DoranDoran Chang
Membership Co-Director

Doran is an associate creative director who is passionate about research, digital experiences and creative culture. She loves to connect with the broader creative community through curating workshops at MXM where she works, and attending conferences and local events. Drawing from those sources of inspiration and connection, she hopes to be a guide and resource to junior creatives and help others to produce their best work. Doran also loves to read, so ask for a book recommendation or suggest one for her.

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.