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 Committee

Amanda HovestAmanda Hovest
President

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.

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.

Bernadette IrizarryBernadette Irizarry
Secretary

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.

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.

Events Committee

Khara CloutierKhara Cloutier
Events Director

A native of Austin, Texas, Khara Cloutier is a designer and educator based in Long Beach, California. Her true joy and inspiration is translating her clients’ stories into visual tapestries of texture, color and typography.

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.

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.

melissa flowerMelissa Flower
Events Co-Director

Melissa Flower is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Long Beach, CA. With a background in design for non-profit and arts organizations, she is passionate about community development and creative leadership.

matt goldmanMatt Goldman
Events Co-Director

Matt Goldman (aka MFG) is partner and creative director of A-OK Collective, an experiential and design agency based in Downtown LA’s emerging Chinatown development on the south east side of the State Historic Park. After working in entertainment design and as senior art director for Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One, Matt became an event producer and promoter, having created more than 10 event IP’s, some of which ran weekly for more than five years and has produced over 1200 events for himself and clients.

Membership Committee

DoranDoran Chang
Membership 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.

Jim NissenJim Nissen
Membership Co-Director

President+Creative Director of Switch Studio, specializing in the delivery of branded content through publication design, identity and creative direction. Process + Passion = Success

Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Leo EstevezLeo Estevez
Diversity & Inclusion Director

Leo Estevez is a partner and founder of small green door, a full-service interactive web design and product photography studio in Los Angeles, California. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Art Center College of Design and a Master of Fine Arts/New Media from the University of California, Berkeley.

Education Committee

Anthony AcockAnthony Acock
Education Co-Director

Anthony Acock is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Cal Poly Pomona and a freelance art director focusing on the nonprofit sector. He’s been an active member of AIGA since 2003 starting in Portland Oregon, and has served on the board of directors for AIGA Connecticut and AIGA Kansas City. Skateboarding deep into middle age, being comfortable with a can of spray paint, and chasing his two delightful but not particularly useful children around are his other areas of interest.

Communications Committee

Luke GledhillLuke Gledhill
Communications Director

Luke comes from a background in fashion with 20 years experience in retail, wholesale, distribution, brand development, product design and marketing. Since his college days he has been able to keep graphic design as a thread and passion running through all of his work. Luke believes brand development is key in the modern day—communicating a brand’s story and making its voice heard is where growth begins.

Anastassia ZukovaAnastassia Zukova
Communications Co-Director

Driven, outspoken, and optimistic, Ana is living her dream as a newby in Los Angeles. Having done freelance work for over six years, she is passionate about bringing new opportunities to freelancers in various creative fields and fostering a collaborative environment. As a result, Ana recently co-created a collaboration project that she hopes will soon include more independent freelancers in an effort to deliver better-quality design for small businesses around Los Angeles.

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.

Paul EllistonPaul Elliston
Content Co-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.

Anthony WiktorAnthony Wiktor
Content Co-Director

Anthony is a digital creative director and designer with a decade of success engaging, inspiring and activating audiences to drive demand for brands. His digital-first branding studio based in Hollywood is known for “digital that drives action” by creating consumer centric, imaginative, and conceptual design with a love for storytelling.

Brigitte BoyerBrigitte Monet Boyer
Marketing Director

Brigitte Monet Boyer has spent over 14 years lending her talents and passion to some of the most beloved American retail and publishing brands, including Kate Spade, J.Crew, Anthropologie, TOMS, West Elm, One Kings Lane, AOL, and Condé Nast. She is currently Creative Director at Chairish, overseeing brand experience and visual design.

Lauren ForbesLauren Forbes
Marketing 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.

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.

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.

Development Committee

Marc StrijdveenMarc Strijdveen
Development Director

Client Service and New Bizz Dev Director with comprehensive exposure to key aspects of digital marketing, branding and communication:
Extensive experience in global account management, strategy, planning and buying, creates a well-informed perspective on the changing media landscape and the development and execution of strategic solutions to marketing challenges.

Michelle JolliffeMichelle Jolliffe
Development Co-Director

Michelle Jolliffe is a LA-based web developer and business strategist. She currently works for Ludlow Kingsley – an amazing creative studio specializing in branding, graphic design, web design and web development. Michelle’s interests include traveling, cooking, coding, learning languages, and practicing design.

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.