Brianna Penney
President
UX Designer | Blackboard Bri believes design is a tool that can help solve complex challenges and create a more equitable world. She's been with AIGA for 6 years rolling up her sleeves to support the community through programming and education efforts.
Wendy Carnegie
Vice President
Designer / Principal | LewisCarnegie Wendy specializes in visual communication across all disciplines. She’s watched the AIGA Austin design community grow from inception to the vibrant chapter that it is today. As vice president, she’s looking forward to supporting membership activities
Paul Del Bosque
Chapter Manager
Designer | CapMetro Paul is a graphic artist and native Texan. He has been a member of AIGA for many years, led Design Ranch, and is currently the Chapter Manager for AIGA Austin.
Edmund Chow
Programming Director
Design Community Program Lead | IBM Edmund is a UX designer and strategist. As Programming Director, he hopes to facilitate events and experiences that create value for the diverse community of designers and creatives in Austin.
Alisha Moore
Design for Good Director
Service Design Strategist | IBM I’m a Service Design Strategist creating the future of Support at IBM. I'm passionate about the intersection of design and social good, and I work to build community and a more equitable world.
Rhett Bennatt
Membership Director
UX Designer | Blackboard Rhett had a previous career as a visual effects and game artist as well as an educator, giving him a broad set of technical problem solving skills and deep empathy for learners and users of technology. He sometimes dabbles in consulting for early stage startups. As the Membership Director, he is looking for new ways to engage members and support connections across the local design community, now more than ever.
Erica Fos
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director
Senior Designer Erica is a senior designer/strategist in the nonprofit sector. She has served on the Austin board for 3 years. Erica is passionate about gender equity, inclusion, and promoting the value of design. She enjoys spoiling her son every chance she gets.
Steven Smith
Education Director
Product Designer | USAA, Adjunct Professor | St. Edwards's University
I am excited to develop and support new models for remote (but no less connected!) learning opportunities in the Austin design community, with a clear focus on navigating the early years of your design career, building impactful mentorships and articulating specific goals for your career.
Zachariah Heckmann
Technology Director
CTO / Partner | Walden Media Group With equal experience in enterprise level business and technology startups, Zachariah has cultivated an expertise that ensures his design and development work to generate tangible, measurable results for businesses and their intended demographics. As Technology Director he serves to support the stability and growth of the Austin Chapter in the world of Tech.
Jessica Tremblay
Design Ranch Director
Design Strategist | IBM At IBM I help teams deliver delightful experiences to their customers. As Design Ranch Director, I want to bring a new experience to what it means to attend Design Ranch and to nurture and grow the Design Ranch community.
Tasha Bowling
Development Director
Account Executive | Capital Printing Tasha has lived all over the world and chooses Austin to call home. She loves making new connections, especially to further the AIGA Austin mission.
Bridget Blankenship
Communications Director
Product Designer | T3 I'm a Product Designer at T3. Before I was at T3 I worked as a Product Designer for Frost Bank. I worked on their mobile app and desktop experiences. I am the Director of Communication for AIGA Austin. I enjoy spreading the word of our events.
Colton Branscum
Creative Mass Chair, Design Ranch Committee Member
Special Projects Coordinator | Atkins Global I am the chair for AIGA Austin's Creative Mass, and a member of the Design Ranch 2020 board/branding team. Also, I am currently in house for Atkins Global here in Austin, and occasionally work as an adjunct professor at The Art Institute of Austin.
Britt Savant
Student Development Chair
Experience Designer | T3
Amanda Assadi
Board Explorer
Senior Creative Director, Warner Media Amanda has 15+ years experience leading and mentoring teams as well as building a brand in-house. With a focus on growing the chapter, she is stepping up to share her expertise in the design field as well as facilitate programming efforts. She keeps an eye on details and loves to leave places better than she found them.
Emily Kim
Board Explorer
UX Designer, IBM
Emily went to school for Industrial Design at Georgia Tech and was glad to find the many facets of design outside of making chairs; whether it's to use design to build/communities or to use design to make sense of messy problems. She joined to help steward friendship within the organization and larger design community.
Amy Richie
Emerging Designer Chair
Graphic Designer, Educate Texas
Amy has a background in printmaking and event managment. At her current role, she loves working side-by-side with the policy team to visualize their educational strategies, practices, and programs. She is extremely passionate about peer empowerment, healthy work relationships, equitable education for everyone, and female heroes. A design student herself, she wants to help her peers with creating connections inside the design community to help build a solid foundation for their careers and our future design leaders.
Maggie Moore
Social Media Chair
Freelance Graphic Designer
While Maggie is just getting her career started as a designer, she's been using social media as a communication tool for years. She has a deep appreciation for community building, smart design, and GIPHY. She hopes to bridge the gap of communication between our chapter members and the organization.
Christopher Stumper
Board Explorer
Experience Designer & Strategist, IBM
As a board explorer, Chris is excited to jump in and help with the various pockets of AIGA Austin. He's interested in engaging the Austin community of designers and exploring the intersection of social justice and design.
James Taylor
Volunteer Chair
Freelance Graphic Designer
James has been volunteering for AIGA almost as long as he's lived here in Austin. He describes himself as a part-time nerd and full-time dork. He hopes to engage and connect as many designers as possible, in order to help them grow and succeed in their field.
Raquel Chandler
Professional Development Chair
Sr. Service Designer for Talent Delivery - Chief Design Office, USAA
Raquel's extensive experience in talent acquisition, digital marketing, and customer success have helped solidify a reputation as a trustworthy partner to design leadership and creative talent. She aims to advocate for our community of designers in their pursuit of career mentorship and professional development. Outside of the office, Raquel enjoys exploring Austin's ever-growing restaurant scene.
Becca Ellsworth
Design for Good Chair
UX and Service Designer, IBM
Becca hopes to apply the practice of design in daily life to create positive social change. She believes design is at its best when used to empower others and lift up their voices. Becca moved to Austin in 2017, and in the three years since has made a home within the community. As a new member to the board, Becca plans to initiate projects that bring a voice to those in Austin who need it most.
Victoria Valadez
Creative Mass Chair, DEI Committee Member
Graphic Designer | Capital Metro
Victoria is a hardworking and super friendly designer who always aims to use her creativity to create a positive impact. She lends her hand to many Austin non-profits and civic-minded entities such as E4 Youth and Community Powered Workshop. Her experience is a good match for Creative Mass and is committed to making AIGA a safe space for everyone.
Brandon Guidry
Communications Chair
Manager of Digital & Traditional Marketing | Capital Metro
Brandon is from Dallas and started his career as an intern for The Dallas Morning News in high school. He's been in Austin since 2012, after studying Journalism and Graphic/Web design at The University of Texas at Arlington. He's eager to be a collaborator on the board while helping steer our commincations.
Holly Springsteen
Web Chair
UX Engineer, Apple and UX Architect, Cox Automotive
Holly is a former instructor at UT Austin and current advisor at Full Sail University, she is passionate about helping others succeed in their goals and aspirations. She has a keen sense of user advocacy, through thoughful and intuitive experiences. Holly consistently serves as a bridge between both the design and development worlds, with the hopes of instilling empathy and understanding to the each role so that we can all benefit professionally and in our interpersonal relationships.
Angela Rhys
Scholarship Co-Chair
Digital Designer | Archer Malmo
Angela values continuous learning and growth. She believes that education is the first building block to a more equitable and inclusive future and that design’s role in that future cannot be understated. As Scholarship Co-Chair, Angela looks forward to connecting students to all the resources available to them to foster the next generation of leaders in design.
Alejandra Del Taylor
Changemaker Co-Chair
Design Lead | Spiceworks ZiffDavis
Alex is a bilingual Art Director and Illustrator. She first got involved with AIGA through the Changemaker Series, where she was a series participant and organizer. Her passion revolves around leveraging her skills to create lasting change within the community and empowering others to do the same.
Abby Larson
Changemaker Co-Chair
Director of Marketing | D&S Global
Abby has loved the Changemaker Series since it's inception, and strives to continue it's initiative. She is always trying to make a positive contribution to the community and hopes to steward diversity and inclusivity in the chapter.
Jenny Hsiao Sanchez
Board Explorer
Art Director & Visual Design Lead, IBM
Jenny's goal is to learn from and support the AIGA community missions. As a design thinking educator, she's excited to get more involved in the chapter. She is a lifelong coffee and Japanese ramer lover.
Steven Parker
Board Explorer
Visual Designer | IBM
Designing visuals, obsessed with the little things, love coming up with new ideas, and will find any excuse to eat a doughnut. Side passions for swimming, folk music, biking, and learning.
Christina Rodriguez
Scholarship Co-Chair
UX Designer | Sentier Strategic Resources I’m a UX designer who’s passionate about education and spreading awareness and resources to the younger design community. I thrive on creating meaningful experiences across all platforms and enjoy using design to solve problems. If I could be anything besides a designer, I would be a marine biologist specializing in sharks and marine protection efforts. #sharknerd
Daphna Sebbane
Programming Chair
Graphic Designer | Everi Holdings Inc.