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.

Executive Team

Amanda HovestAmanda Hovest
President

Amanda’s passion is in creating hardworking identity systems that really communicate and connect. As a Midwestern transplant, I bring a fresh exuberance and desire to do good in LA’s diverse design landscape. Recently, my work has been recognized by SEGD and the American Alliance of Museums.

Patrick FredricksonPatrick Fredrickson
Vice President

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.

Kelly CousinsKelly Cousins
Secretary

Kelly’s egalitarian, user-focused sensibilities have been the signature of her decade-plus career as a creative project manager and graphic designer. She has worked in the art, fashion, and music industries but enjoys taking on projects outside of her comfort zone. She believes that harmonious, cohesive design elements should be both beautiful and utilitarian. In her free time, she enjoys playing table-tennis, traveling to roadside attractions, and visiting tiki bars.

Communications Team

Lauren KusmierczakLauren Kusmierczak
Communications Director

Lauren is an entrepreneurial leader who believes great creative is rooted in strong strategy and is inclusive in its message. Her career has been spent adapting to an ever-changing creative landscape and is comfortable in the land of unknowns; while striving to create positive, collaborative and supportive environment for those around her. Lauren is currently an Associate Creative Director at Virtue, the creative agency by VICE.

Content Team

Paul EllistonPaul Elliston
Content Director

Paul Elliston has been elevating brands and services for over 20 years–embracing the full spectrum of tools available to him; from traditional placement advertising to direct marketing to today’s social media. During that time he has created award-winning work within agencies, client side and as a freelancer. He is a specialist in financial, medical/pharma, technology, lifestyle, real estate, education … well, it depends on who you ask, he likes them all. The power of his ideas have translated into effective websites, radio/TV broadcast, print, naming, digital, out-of-home and experiential work.

Luis FarfánLuis Farfán
Content Director

Luis Farfán is the Creative Director at Sundance Institute. As an experienced creative director, he has demonstrated history of working with clients across Advertising, Tech, Music, and Entertainment industries. Luis is skilled in leading teams in big picture conceptual thinking on projects leaning heavy on photography, film, art and design.

Anthony WiktorAnthony Wiktor
Content Director

Anthony Wiktor is Principal and Creative Director of Ad Victorem, a design strategy and branding agency. Anthony has over a decade of award-winning experience in design and has worked on projects across a diverse set of industries — from entertainment to consumer products to hospitality to technology.

Anastassia ZukovaAnastassia Zukova
Content Director

Ana is a graphic designer with a passion for Illustration and User Experience. She owns a small digital agency, GRIDDL, that specializes in bringing intuitive and engaging digital experiences to nonprofit organizations, small local businesses, and government entities.

Development Team

Michael MondragonMichael Mondragon
Development Director

Michael Mondragon is a Los Angeles-based designer and Creative Director with a focus on medical, healthcare and fitness clients. Michael provides comprehensive design solutions for branding and identity with an emphasis on user experience, advertising, and marketing. Outcomes include strategies for print, web, mobile, and social media platforms. Additionally, he and his girlfriend Melissa founded a nonprofit called the International Support Fibromyalgia Network dedicated to bringing the fibromyalgia community together through education, awareness, research, and advocacy.

Diversity & Inclusion Team

Leo EstevezMay de Castro
Diversity & Inclusion Director

May is a multidisciplinary graphic designer. May is passionate about giving back to the community whether through her work with non-profit clients, volunteering or mentoring kids in under-served communities. She is always looking to get involved in projects that have social impact.

Education Team

Sam AnvariSam Anvari
Education Director

Sam Anvari is a graphic designer and information architect with 18 years of direct hands-on experience in graphic and mobile/web design. Sam has MFA in Graphic Design from OTIS College of Art and Design where he worked on his research project under the supervision of Erik Spiekermann and Stuart Bailey. He also holds a bachelor of science in Bio-Medical Engineering (Bio-Electronics). Crossing over to Graphic Design with Engineering background has given Sam the ability to look at communication challenges from a unique perspective. Sam views graphic design as a multidisciplinary practice between “Art” and “System Engineering” plus “Linguistics” with the goal to establish a clear and universally understandable dialogue.

Jean PongsaiJean Pongsai
Education Director

Vibrant, zealous and a touch of edgy best describes Jean Pongsai’s vibe. Jean has a passion for seeing people succeed and is even more passionate about creating the road for emerging creatives to be even more successful. Her past education outreach experience includes guest lecturing at colleges/universities in Los Angeles, hosting online portfolio reviews, creating design resources and chairing the previous Portfolio Days with the former Education Director. At her core, Jean aims to bridge the gap between “inspiration” and “execution” to the community touched by design.

Leon RodriguezLeon Rodriguez
Education Director

For over 10 years Leon has partnered with innovative institutions to authentically present their vision and communicate their mission through transformative three-dimensional storytelling experiences. Through excellence in creative leadership, team-building and diligent project management, he presents multi-sensory experiences that change public perceptions, elevate public knowledge and drive institutional and cultural transformation. Through his work as an educator, Leon shares the principles and philosophy that guide his work to inspire the next generation of creative professionals.

Hector TorresHector Torres
Education Director

Hector is a Mexican American educator and designer. He received an MFA in Graphic Design from Otis College of Art and Design. He founded A Studio Named Desire as a space where he works on independent projects and with clients. In May he finished his first semester as an Adjunct Lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles where he taught Design Tools II. He can often be found at an AIGA event or Type Thursday meetup.

Marketing Team

Eva CrawfordEva Crawford
Marketing Director

With over 15 years of experience Eva Crawford is a true polymath operating most days as an art director, and senior designer. Her work revolves around design strategies based in research, and brand solutions that communicate focused messaging. A few of her notable clients include Cheech Marin whom she’s designed art volumes to accompany his celebrated art collections, The Melrose Trading Post and The Arts District Brewing Company rebrand developed with the great type artist Peter Greco.

Stephanie PlayerStephanie Player
Marketing Director

Stephanie Player is a Designer and Art Director based in Los Angeles. With over ten years of experience in the fashion and marketing world, Stephanie has expanded her work to include interactive activations, identity design and social media management. Her professional experience ranges from print to digital across all branding platforms. Clients include, PIAS Recordings, Parsons School of Design, Banana Republic and LVMH.

Membership Team

Jim NissenJim Nissen
Membership Director

Founder of ⌘ ⇧ ⌥ (Command+Shift+Option), a new Design Collective launch in Venice CA. 25 years in magazine creative direction and brand management, 18 years of AIGA board leadership experience.

Programming Team

AndrewAndrew Kutchera
Programming Director

Andrew Kutchera has consulted on graphic identities for museums, public agencies, and businesses such as Workbook and Hillstone Restaurant Group. He currently serves as Senior Lecturer at USC’s Roski School of Art and Design. His most recent project – Faces of a Fish Empire – won a silver medal with IDA.

Matheo CadenaMatheo Cadena
Programming Director

Matheo is a community activist, UX designer, and multimedia artist. He engages with the design community to inspire creatives to use design as a tool for change. His curiosity for psychology, design, and technology led him onto the journey of user experience design; enhancing the world one experience at a time. Matheo also serves as the co-chair of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ youth community advisory board, designing solutions that engage the LGBTQIA community and programming events that help fight the HIV epidemic amongst youth.

Social Media Team

Venessa Baez-JonesVenessa Baez-Jones
Social Media Director

Venessa Baez-Jones is a self-taught digital designer with five years of experience in designing for finance and has recently pivoted to the beauty industry. New to the Los Angeles area, Venessa’s AIGA background includes two years as the chapter president of AIGA Tampa Bay. In her spare time, she enjoys learning improv at UCB, cosplaying at comic conventions, and singing show tunes karaoke. Her goals for the next few years include watching every Star Trek series and mastering parallel parking. She also loves a well-designed sticker.

 


 

Past Presidents

Jason Adam (2014–2017)
Noreen Morioka (2012–2014)
Jimmy Moss (2010–2012)
Michael Lejeune (2008–2010)
Agustín Garza (2006–2008)
Mick Hodgson (2004–2006)
Pash Pashkow (2002–2004)
Noreen Morioka (2000–2002)
Moira Cullen (1997–2000)
Mary Scott (1996–1997)
Sean Adams (1994–1996)
Stan Evenson (1992–1994)
Josh Freeman (1990–1992)
April Greiman (1988–1990)
Margaret Coy (1986–1988)
John Coy (1984–1986)

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