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.
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.
Vice President, Incoming President
Sam Cabrera is an award-winning Associate Director of UX at Amp Agency, adjunct professor at Cal Poly Pomona and SMC, and dog mom. Previously of SapientRazorfish and Gensler, Sam leads teams and collaborates across disciplines to help her clients grow and deliver delightful, accessible experiences for their customers. She has had the privilege of working with brands such as HyundaiCard, Caesars Entertainment, Riot Games, MGM Resorts, Holland America, and Bright Horizons throughout her career. For over 10 years, Sam had the privilege to call Los Angeles and this creative community her home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nonette Llabres is a multi-disciplinary Art Director, Designer, and Illustrator helping brands through digital and print design solutions with comprehensive marketing campaigns. With her extensive knowledge of the design process along with her organized project management skills, she follows through with projects from start to finish, in both collaborative and entrepreneurial settings. She has experience in the fields of marketing, technology, and digital media. Her passion for design and art are apparent through her creative work and her leadership.
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.
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.
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, Equity & Inclusion Team
May de Castro
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director
May is the founder of Studio de Castro, a graphic design studio based in her hometown of Northeast LA. The studio focuses on projects for the betterment of society and seeks collaborators who share the same ethos. May is passionate about giving back to the community, whether through her work with non-profits, advocacy, or mentoring kids from under-resourced communities. She plans to continue her social impact work in design through the LA River Series, an initiative she developed with the mission of engaging and elevating the creative communities around LA’s most diverse neighborhoods.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion 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.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Director
Christina Webb is an artist and designer with multidisciplinary experience in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York. She has worked on teams at the J. Paul Getty Museum, where she focused on experiential design, way-finding, visual identity systems and art installation, and at Local Projects with immersive digital media. Her own work combines design research with a critical nature, looking at social constructs in both environmental and virtual public space, with a focus on language and intervention. She continues to explore new modes of making, collaborating and teaching. Christina completed her Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Margie Peng is a self-taught designer, who began her career in Marketing and expanded into Design. She is a Senior Graphic Designer at Disney Publishing. She specializes in Storytelling, Layout, Branding and Illustrations. In her free time, she volunteers with Climate Designers, hikes and paints portraits of animals. Her mantra is to be a positive influence through acts of social good by collaborating with others that are conscious of their footprint on the planet and questioning current norms while pushing for better solutions towards a brighter future.
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.
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.
Working in both the business and creative fields, Amata has a wide range of knowledge and skills. As a founder and creative director leading his team at the Amata Agency, he helps businesses to improve their accuracy and efficiency through brand management, web, print, photography and technology. Not only is he passionate about bringing good design to businesses, he also brings business knowledge to the design community by dedicating his time to giving advice to new designers.
Social Media Team
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.
Social Media Director
Ross Meredith is an Interaction Design student at Santa Monica College. As the President of the Interaction Design Club on campus, Ross engages others to learn about the industry. In addition to the club, he is on a small team tasked with promoting the IxD program for the college. Ross has been involved with AIGA for a year now, starting as a volunteer at the Dope Design event. He is excited to have the opportunity of being involved with AIGA LA on the Board of Directors.
Julie Manthey is a creative at heart and comes from a background in administrative and customer service experience. She has worked with AIGA LA as its Operations Manager since 2014. She pivoted her career into design in 2011 and graduated from CSULA with a BA in Graphic Design/Visual Communication. Julie is also a volunteer with TypeThursdayLA, a meetup group that celebrates LA typography design and lettering.
Amanda Hovest (2017–2020)
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)