Advisory Board members provide counsel for the Executive Committee, support the Board of Directors, and may even lead special initiatives themselves.

Erika AbramsErika Abrams

A self-proclaimed cultural architect, Erika Abrams has a particular passion for rethinking the way organizational culture is constructed. Currently the Director of Production, North America, for Deluxe Creative Media’s television VFX brand, she sits at the juncture of production, human resources and business development, bridging multiple points of view to ignites community and foster creativity. Abrams is a recurring guest lecturer at USC for Design Thinking strategies, as well as a speaker and panelist for culture, inclusivity, and empathetic leadership approaches. She is a member of the Advisory Board for AIGA:LA, the FreeVerse Board at Get Lit — Words Ignite, a committee member for Los Angeles Design Festival and sits on the Executive Peer Group for the Television Academy.

Lawrence AzerradLawrence Azerrad

Lawrence founded the independent graphic design studio LADdesign in 2001, where he has created identity systems for clients such as The Clinton Foundation, The Beach Boys, Oliver Peoples Eyewear, and more.

Simrit BrarSimrit Brar

Simrit Brar is a Los Angeles based Creative Director/ Designer who consults with various companies, startups, and entrepreneurs, through her consultancy Flying Squirrel, helping them build and transform their businesses, through design. The first decade of Simrit’s design life was in India, where she grew up, the next in NY and LA. Till recently she built and led the design discipline at Phenomenon. Simrit is also credited with bringing a new sensibility to key art in India, with campaigns for 50+ movies. She holds an MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons, NY and was featured in AdWeek’s Creative 100 ’17.

Milka BroukhimMilka Broukhim

Milka Broukhim is a visual communication designer, creative strategist, educator and mentor based in Santa Monica. She received her B.A. in Fine Arts and Design at UCLA, and her M.F.A. in Media Design at Art Center College of Design. She has taught at 15 different private and public universities throughout Southern California for 15 years (e.g. UCLA, LMU, Chapman, Art Center, and Otis, to name a few). Her passion is to inspire, enrich and empower others. She resumes to strive as an inspirational leader and experienced mentor cultivating creative cultures at organizations seeking innovation and creative growth offered to teams, leaders and high level executives.

Sam CabreraSam Cabrera

Sam is an Associate Director of User Experience and culture lead at AMP Agency, a digital marketing agency. Formerly of SapientRazorfish and Gensler, she enjoys designing across a variety of touch points for clients such as MGM, Holland America, Riot Games, and Bright Horizons. She thinks often of how cool it would be if AIGA LA was the first chapter and community to reach 50% female creative directors and bridge the wage gap.

Chris ChandlerChris Chandler

Chris Chandler is a Product, UX, and Creative, leader with a 15-year track record of delivering innovative digital products. He believes launching successful software projects requires clear business goals, a proven technology delivery method, and a commitment to design excellence in the service of your customers, and he’s always striving to balance those forces. Chris spent a decade working for the most magical place on earth and was the creative lead for the Magic Plus program at Disney World. Currently, Chris is a partner at Philosophie, a digital innovation company based in Santa Monica, CA, where he works with startups as well as innovation and transformation groups in category-leading companies in Travel and Financial Services.

Ali Martín FilsoofAli Martín Filsoof

Ali Martín Filsoof is Design Director at Phenomenon in LA. He’s worked with a wide variety of clients including American Express, P&G, St. Jane Hotel, Flywheel, ASICS, and many startups. His work has earned awards including Communication Arts, Clio Awards, Graphis, AIGA, and has appeared in numerous publications – Ad Age, Adweek, Brandweek, WWD, and Rockport Publishers. In the community, Ali serves as an active member of the AIGA in LA. His work also contributed to Phenomenon being named an Ad Age “2018 Small Agency of the Year.”

Sheharazad FlemingSheharazad Fleming

Sheharazad Fleming is Creative Director of Otis College of Art and Design, the first independent art school established in Los Angeles. She specializes in the practice of creative leadership and design management. Throughout her 20-year career, Sheharazad has successfully launched and directed creative teams in both agency and in-house settings. Drawing from different cultures and personal experience, the Iranian native brings a global perspective to her work. She has taught Design and Brand Strategy internationally, served on the Board of AIGA LA since 2012, and presented on the topic of in-house design leadership at the 2019 AIGA National Design Conference.

Josh FreemanJosh Freeman

A past AIGA LA Chapter President, Josh is the President and Creative Director of FreeAssociates, creating complete marketing systems—from the research, goal-setting, and planning stages through the design and development of highly effective brand-building tools.

Amy GustincicAmy Gustincic

A past AIGA SF Chapter President, Amy is a designer and strategist working at the intersection of business, design and sustainability.

Lars HanssonLars Hansson

As Executive Creative Director, Design at R/GA, Lars oversees teams across Los Angeles and New York, creating brands and design systems rooted in simplicity and functionality. His passion is to create brand transforming experiences, with flexibility and coherence across traditional and emerging formats, that ensure every element of a brand connects together to demonstrate its’ inspiring purpose. With over twenty years of agency experience, Lars has worked for renowned agencies like Stockholm Design Lab in his native Sweden, as well as founded his own design studio. He began his tenure at R/GA in Stockholm where he helped build the design department and shepherded brand design offerings for the Scandinavian market. He later moved to the R/GA headquarters in New York where he led visual and digital brand identity teams for Verizon, including the development and implementation of the company’s new corporate identity.

Charles HessCharles Hess

Charles Hess is a Design Director and Photo Editor. First at Print Magazine in NYC back in the day when magazines ruled the world. Charles moved to LA to spend a year at Art Center and never left this beautiful, crazy city. Through the Art of Freelance he’s been walking LA. He also created a program for the Society of Publication Designers in LA that lasted for years and is a founding member of Big Sunday, the best non-profit in the world. His passion is community building, and he hopes to help AIGA grow in new ways, where we can take AIGA across the city. New adventures. Diverse programs that benefit everyone. And make it fun too.

Bernadette IrizarryBernadette Irizarry

A creative leader with roots in graphic design and sculpture, Bern delights in combining aesthetics and usability and holds two patents in color selection. Bern heads the Los Angeles-based design consultancy, Velvet Hammer.

Jod KaftanJod Kaftan

As Group Design Director for Fjord Los Angeles, Jod leads a cross-discipline, creative studio that offers an end-to-end design capabilities from design strategy and service design to digital product creation and connected products.

Keith KnuevenKeith Knueven

Keith Knueven is founder and creative director at his Los Angeles based design studio, Keith & Co. Keith and his Co. create smart, designed solutions for brands in print, web, motion, and the built environment.

Haven Lin-KirkHaven Lin-Kirk

Haven Lin-Kirk is an artist and designer researching and producing art and design work that explores design as a cultural language. She is currently the Vice Dean of Design at the University of Southern California’s Gayle Garner Roski School of Art and Design and a Professor of Practice of Design. Her  design background began in the mid ‘80s and includes working in diverse industries such as publishing, tech and advertising fields.

David MayesDavid Mayes

David is a Sales Representative at Typecraft. He was named an AIGA LA Fellow in 2012. Previously, David served AIGA LA as Treasurer, Education Director, and Development Director.

Maureen McHaleMaureen McHale

Maureen, business owner of a long-standing design firm in Long Beach, raised three children while running her business full-time. At this point in her career, she is ready to give back and is committed to opening up creative career options for youth of color in Long Beach and hopes to expand this work.

Arturo PerezArturo Perez

Arturo Perez is Founder and CEO of Kluge Interactive, a digital design agency based out of Marina del Rey. Some of Kluge’s longtime partners include Deloitte, Telesign, AdColony, and the City of Los Angeles. Arturo is also the founder of Evenings at the Loft, a leading creative talk series in Los Angeles.

David ScharffDavid Scharff

David Scharff is an award-winning creative director with 30+ years of experience in branding, design, photography, filmmaking, and musical composition. In his decade at the Annenberg Foundation, he oversaw the branding of numerous nonprofit initiatives, 21 photo exhibits at the Annenberg Photo Space, and the rebranding of the Foundation itself. In 2019 Scharff founded Compassion Unlimited–a design and production company–to tell the stories of leaders and hidden jewels in the arts, nonprofit, civic, and spiritual communities. He is also a long time student and teacher of meditation in Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Marcus StrijdveenMarcus Strijdveen

Marcus is a Business & Development ‘MONK’ at MediaMonks LA, the largest creative digital production company in the world. Marcus is also Co-Founder of Upcomers, a creative career accelerator for emerging creatives. Their mission: To help Art and Design school students to land a dream job in the creative industry.

Davina WolterDavina Wolter

An accomplished Exhibition Designer, Davina’s work can be seen at USC Doheny Memorial Library, The Natural History Museum of L.A. County, The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, the Getty Center and Getty Villa. With expertise in both 2d and 3d design; she works in interdisciplinary teams, providing insight as to how the two fields best fit together to create an environment, product or campaign. In 2018, Davina established Create Crisp; a design firm dedicated to creating inviting, engaging, and meaningful educational experiences. Davina can also be found teaching both graduate and undergraduate disruptors at USC’s Iovine and Young Academy.

Senior Advisory Board Members

The Senior Advisory Board is unique to our chapter. Serving ongoing, open-ended terms, they provide chapter leadership with invaluable organizational memory and experience, having been involved in the organization since its inception.

Nan FaesslerNan Faessler

Nan was the Manager of Customer Sustainability at Veritiv and retired in Fall 2015. As President of the Art Director’s Club of Los Angeles, Nan was instrumental in the merger of ADLA and AIGA LA. She was named an AIGA Fellow in 2003 in honor of her many years of service. She now lives in NYC.

Errol GersonErrol Gerson

Errol Gerson has taught Entrepreneurship at Art Center for the past 45 years. He received a BS and an MBA from USC in 1971. He spent eight years at a public accounting firm and then founded a CPA firm which he sold in 1992.

Toni Hollander-MorseToni Hollander-Morse

Toni was the first woman elected President of The Art Directors Club of Los Angeles. An AIGA LA Fellow and winner of several awards in major design competitions across the nation, her work is in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.