AIGA/NY Chapter Board of Directors
The 2017-2018 AIGA/NY Board of Directors represents our chapter’s diverse interests. They work to provide the varied and relevant programming and initiatives we’ve become known for, and they build on the work, commitment, and energy of past boards.
Jonathan Lee is a Creative Director at Google, a group focused on a unified design framework for Google’s products, services and platforms. In addition to designing software products his team also leads Google Design, an outreach that seeks to connect Google’s resources, designers and their stories with the creative community around the world. He eats sandwiches in Brooklyn and San Francisco on the regular.
David Frisco is a current Design Fellow at Public Policy Lab. He is the founding partner of IntraCollaborative, a socially minded design collective comprised of Pratt MFA graduates. He is an Adjunct Professor with CCE in the Undergraduate and Graduate Communications Design departments at Pratt Institute. At Pratt, David is Co-Creative Director of Design Corps, a pro-bono design program for organizations with socially and environmentally minded missions. David holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale School of Art and a BFA in Graphic Design from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before heading out east, David was a Senior Designer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
Beverly Liang is a Director of Strategy at 2×4 who uses research to define the relevance of design across cultural and commercial contexts through branding, architecture, and content. Past and present clients include Prada, Google, Target, MoMA, and The Line. Beverly is also a board member of AIGA’s New York chapter and serves as a visiting critic at Yale School of Art, Columbia GSAPP, and Parsons. She received her BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago.
Sarah Van Anden is the Senior Program Manager at the Center for Curatorial Leadership, where she facilitates programs designed to foster the professional lives of art curators and address critical needs within the museum field. As a senior member of staff, Ms. Van Anden leads program development, strategic initiatives, communications, and fundraising. Her position builds on years of experience working closely with New York City’s nonprofit cultural community. Previously Program Officer with the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, she oversaw a portfolio of more than 140 organizations and helped distribute over $30 million annually through the Cultural Development Fund, the City’s open, competitive funding process for arts nonprofits. Her additional experiences include positions with the Shelley and Donald Rubin family office, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Art in America, and Academic Programs at the Clark Art Institute. Ms. Van Anden holds an M.A. in the History of Art from Williams College and a duel B.A. in History and Art History from Temple University. In addition to serving on the board of AIGA’s New York chapter, she is President of the steering committee for the Professional Organization of Women in the Arts (POWarts).
Marc Rabinowitz is an Associate Director of User Experience at Code and Theory, a digital-first creative agency. He leads teams in designing elegant products & brand experiences for clients challenged by their own gnarly digital ecosystems. Notable clients include NBC News, The Outline, Bloomberg and New York Life. Marc’s work has been recognized by AIGA, the Art Director’s Club, Adobe Design Achievement Awards, SXSW Interactive Awards, and Digiday Publishing Awards. Marc received his MFA in Design Entrepreneurship from the School of Visual Arts in 2008. He lives with his wife in the Lower East Side.
Michael Bierut has been a partner in the New York office of the international design consultancy Pentagram since 1990. A co-founder of designobserver.com, Michael is a senior critic at the Yale School of Art, a winner of the AIGA Medal and the National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame. His book 79 Short Essays on Design was published in 2007. The first monograph on his work, How to use graphic design to sell things, explain things, make things look better, make people laugh, make people cry, and (every once in a while) change the world is due in fall 2015.
Meg Beckum is a strategic creative director specializing in brand development. Equal parts designer and writer, she sees brand building as an exercise in storytelling—fusing purpose, product and personality into a cohesive and compelling narrative. Meg is currently a Creative Director at Sullivan and has previously worked at Interbrand, CO OP Brand Partners and AKQA. She has developed corporate identity systems and customer experience strategies for some of the world’s most recognized brands including American Express, AT&T, Avon, P&G, Verizon, Volkswagen and Xerox. While corporate brand development is her focus, Meg is most proud of her work with organizations empowering women and girls—including the Girl Scouts of the USA, Planned Parenthood, WIC and Women Moving Millions.
Kim Bost is a product designer and art director living in Brooklyn, NY. She’s currently a Senior Product Designer at Dropbox simplifying the ways we create and collaborate. She believes in beautiful, user-first design backed up by a transparent, data-driven design process.
Kim’s past work includes Cover, Etsy, and The New York Times, and she’s been recognized by American Illustration, AIGA/NY, PRINT Magazine, Society of Illustrators, Society of News Design, and Society of Publication Designers. You can find her posting cool links on Twitter and her latest culinary adventures and graphic design finds on Instagram.
Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, Lizania Cruz is a New York-based designer, artist and entrepreneur working in fashion, advocacy, and the arts. She brings a decade of design experience to her current work as an Art Director for General Assembly. Her clients have ranged from established brands, like Anthropologie, to startups and nonprofits such as the American Cancer Society and The Center for Urban Pedagogy. She founded and accessory line, Bagavundas. Most recently she launched Flowers for Immigration, a photo project that tells the stories of immigrant bodega workers through their flower arrangements. The project was featured on Fusion News and KQED Arts.
Shana Dressler has built decade-long career leading and nurturing entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and social change leaders. As the Executive Director of Google’s 30 Weeks, Shana Dressler ran a distinguished incubator for design entrepreneurs that Fast Company named one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in design. Shana is an Aspen Institute Scholar, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judge for The Webby Awards and a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership. Shana makes her way around New York on a midnight blue Vespa. You can follow her @shanadressler.
Andrew (Drew) Freeman is the founder and principal of afreeman. He works with clients and colleagues to envision, create and implement conceptually significant yet commercially successful design solutions. Drew is responsible for excellence across all afreeman projects. During the course of his career, Drew has been the recipient of numerous industry honors and awards from design associations and publications including: AIGA, TDC, ADC, SEGD, and IDSA Prior to founding afreeman in 2012, Drew served as Associate Partner at Pentagram in New York . Drew holds a BFA and BGD from the Rhode Island School of Design. He teaches at the Pratt Institute.
Rosie Garschina is Creative Director at Trollbäck + Company. Her work lies at the intersection of branding, motion and digital media and she strives to solve complex problems with simple solutions that can exist across multiple platforms. She has managed global campaigns for Spotify, MTV, The New York Times and has been recognized by Creativity Online, AdAge, Promax BDA, Brand New/Under Consideration and Variety.
Stefan Golangco is a Corporate Communications Manager at R/GA who leads marketing and press strategies specifically for design across the company’s capabilities. He develops and executes integrated programs to raise R/GA’s profile regionally and globally. Previously, Stefan worked at Nadine Johnson & Associates, managing global communications for acclaimed designers, galleries and hotels including SCDA Architects, Carpenters Workshop Gallery and The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel. In his spare time, he is a volunteer communications consultant for one of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, Immigration Equality, where he provides support on media strategy and relations. Stefan received his BA in Sculpture and International Relations with honors from Wesleyan University.
Alia Hassan is the Head of Creative & Delivery, NY at Blue State Digital (a WPP company). She moved from the creative side of the house (Global Director of Design) into general management. She leads the headquarters in partnership with the Managing Director and oversees several disciplines at the local level. Alia was a juror for the 2015 AIGA Cased Awards and the 2014 Adobe Design Achievement Awards. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Humanities and Arts in Communication Design and Policy & Management. She is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School.
E Roon Kang is an Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at Parsons School of Design, and operates a design and research studio Math Practice with interest in studying, evaluating, and criticizing complex systems and its pursuit of efficiency. E Roon is a TED Fellow, was previously a research fellow at SENSEable City Laboratory of MIT, and received Young Guns award from Art Director’s Club. His work has selected as an inaugural project of LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab, received NSF Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, and shown in places including the Museum of Modern Arts (MoMA), Seattle Public Library, and the Architectural League of New York. E Roon gave talks and lectures at MIT, TED Conferences and Cannes Int’l Festival of Creativity, and taught courses at Bauhaus-University Weimar, NYU ITP, and Rutgers University. He holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale.
Cliff Kuang is director of digital product at Fast Company, helping lead both strategy and design on the web. Prior to that, Cliff served as Fast Company’s design editor for many years and was the founding editor of its award-winning spin-off site, Co.Design. In his career as a journalist, he’s also been an editor at I.D., The Economist, and WIRED. He’s currently writing a book about design’s influence on our everyday lives, to be published in Farrar, Straus, and Giroux in 2017.
Amélie Lamont is a product designer(d) and writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently employed at The New York Times as a product design lead and specializes in using cultural studies and design anthropology to inform her design process of building a design system. She’s also the co-founder of Good for PoC and creator of The Guide to Allyship, two resources aimed at helping marginalized communities. She’s had the honor of presenting her research and work at places such as The White House, The Great Discontent, Etsy, Twitter, Dropbox and Cooper. When she’s not designing or writing, you can find Amélie doing yoga, serving her community, watching Korean dramas, or gathering energy for her next Kamehameha wave.
Joe Marianek is a designer, educator and partner at Small Stuff, a design studio that works with organizations of all sizes to do big things. Prior to co-founding Small Stuff with Dinah Fried, Joe was a design lead at Apple, and an Associate Partner at Pentagram. His work has been recognized by the AIGA, 50 Books / 50 Covers, D&AD, and received an ADC Young Gun award. Joe holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Joe is an adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts and Rhode Island School of Design.
Jennifer Markas is an ideator, connector and dynamic thinker who has worked in both non-profit and for-profit creative organizations including her time with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She built Damsels in Design in 2010, an educational platform dedicated to training creative women how to launch their own businesses, and is a Vice President at Citi Foundation where she manages finance and grant operations. Jennifer is a graduate from Boston University’s School of Management and holds a master’s degree from Parsons School of Design in the History of Decorative Arts & Design. She was recently nominated for New York Business Journal’s 2016 Women of Influence Award and is excited to join the Board of the AIGA/NY Chapter.
Elliot Salazar is a Senior Designer at Refinery29, an award-winning digital media company, where he oversees the design for R29’s social media channels – including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you’ve liked, double tapped, or retweeted a post on one of R29’s social feeds then you’ve probably seen some of his work! Originally from Texas, he studied Design at Texas Tech University and later received his MFA in Design from the School of Visuals Art’s Designer as Author & Entrepreneur Program, co-chaired by Lita Talarico and Steve Heller. He’s been an active member of AIGA/NY for several years and has volunteered at many events. Finally, he competed in the live design competition Command X during the 2015 AIGA Design Conference in New Orleans – so maybe that’s why he might look a little familiar!
Céline Semaan Vernon is a Lebanese-Canadian Designer, Activist, teacher and entrepreneur. Two common themes can be found across her diverse work: the power of remixing, collage and juxtaposition in creating new aesthetics and narratives; and the need to humanize and embed our current world with a deep sense of empathy. She founded Slow Factory out of her design consultancy, and it has grown to be world-renowned for high quality silks printed with satellite images from NASA. This physical juxtaposition of old-world luxury with new technology and space exploration delivers a message of meaning and activism, where each collection tells a greater story about human rights and environmental awareness, supporting the work of a partner NGO. Her work with Slow Factory is sold at the MoMA Design Store, Smithsonian CooperHewitt National Design Museum, and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum among other stores. Her collections have supported the work of the World Wildlife Fund, Unicef and ANERA. Previously Céline has worked as a user experience designer for HUGE inc., General Assembly and Condé Nast among others, and is currently a Director’s Fellow of the MIT Media Lab. She was born in Beirut, grew up in Montreal, studied in Paris and Montreal and is now based in Brooklyn, New York where she runs her studio and company. Her background is in art, tech and information design, and her work is focussed on responsible Design, human rights and open data.
Aaris Sherin is a design educator, researcher and writer. She is a professor of graphic design at St. John’s University in Queens, New York and the Director of Fellowships at Design Incubation. Sherin is the author of a number of books including her most recent publications Sustainable Thinking: Ethical Approaches to Design and Design Management and Elaine Lustig Cohen: Modernism Reimagined. Her writing has been featured in publications such as PRINT magazine, STEP Inside Design, Form, Leonardo, and Design and Culture. In her research, Sherin addresses complex issues including sustainability, creative thinking, and innovative problem solving methodologies that can occur across media and disciplines. She holds an MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Ida Woldemichael is an art director living in Harlem. With over 10 years of design experience, she has worked with top-tier agencies and non-profit organizations, including the Clinton Foundation. Most recently, she joined the historic presidential campaign for Hillary Clinton, serving as a lead designer and developing the popular supporter tagline, “I’m with her.”
Julia Zeltser is a founding partner and creative director at Hyperakt, a social impact design agency. With over 16 years of design experience in brand development, print, and online communications, Julia has been instrumental in establishing Hyperakt’s visual voice. Julia leads a multi-disciplinary team of designers in a wide range of assignments. She has advised clients such as ACLU, Ford Foundation, and UNICEF to extend their brand in print and online. Julia initiated and leads Lunch Talks at Hyperakt: a monthly event to ignite collaboration and idea-sharing among the design community. Julia is an active member of the design community and has given talks for AIGA New York and San Diego, Adobe MAX, AND Google SPAN. She has received accolades from organizations such as Awwwards, Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, Brand New, and How Magazine for her design work. She was born in Ukraine and graduated from Parsons The New School of Design in New York. She lives with her husband, Lenny, and her two kids, in Park Slope.