A robust design community led by a volunteer group of directors, chairs, committees, advisors, & volunteers.
Our Board of Directors is an all volunteer team voted in by the chapter membership. These hard-working leaders manage the chapter’s business affairs, set the goals and vision for the upcoming year, and lead an even larger team of Chairs and Committees who all work together to build a better design community.
Vice President of Client Services at Oracle. In 2013 Wacarra was honored as one of the top 40 Under 40 in Direct Marketing by Direct Marketing News. She actively volunteers at Girls on the Run International and at YearUp, in addition to serving on the Executive Board of AIGA Seattle.
Vice President of Programming
Whether creating a memorable brand experience, working through a creative evaluation, or giving an onsite presentation, James Holt is always thinking. He is passionate about visual communication of all kinds, designer art toys, Seahawks football, and dad jokes. James has worked in the Seattle area as a professional creative in a multitude of disciplines for the past 15 years viewing every project as an opportunity to make a difference.
Vice President of Community
Kris Olmon is really just a unicorn in disguise. While incognito in Phoenix, he spent his days doing publication design & brand communication. There he began his 10+ years with AIGA and was a founding member of Phoenix Design Week. The heat was on to him so he fled to Seattle. Now he’s hiding in plain sight at a Fortune 500 company as an Instructional Designer & Project Analyst. Although the job is satisfying and life is good, he occasionally dreams of running wild & free.
Vice President of Design for Good
An art director at the Hilt agency, Arnold distills brand clutter into simplicity and purity—uncovering compelling stories, one pixel at a time. He believes every designer should feel empowered to use their passions to help create positive social change in the world. He’s spent the past six years working with nonprofit organizations, including a year volunteering with Americorps VISTA. Originally from the South, Arnold is obsessed with tiny things and Riverdance.
Vice President of Operations
Ken is a multidisciplinary designer working at the intersection of communications, technology, and social impact. As Design Manager at Seattle Indian Health Board — a nonprofit serving and advocating for American Indians and Alaska Natives in King County, Wash. — he focuses on building design capacity throughout the organization while collaborating with teams to define, develop, and deliver strategic projects.
Student Events Director
Haley loves the design process because it challenges her to learn and grow each day. She recently graduated with a B.A. in visual communications and is excited to see where her career takes her. In her role, she hopes to create a welcoming space for students who want to learn more about the creative industry. Haley, along with being on the Seattle AIGA board, volunteers at Seattle ReCreative where she enjoys sorting through vintage pieces that keep her inspired.
Lainie joined AIGA Seattle in January 2016. Laine comes from an Accounting and Education background. She is passionate about tennis and loves a good bottle of wine. She lives in Bellevue with her husband and son.
Kristen is a UX Designer who is passionate about creating products and services that make our world a better place. She’s worked with nonprofit and government organizations in China, Chile, Chicago, and Seattle, helping them build programs and create seamless experiences for their beneficiaries and stakeholders. Outside of UX, she’s an avid traveler and salsa dancer. She’s proficient in Chinese and Spanish and loves discovering new places to explore.
Nate has a passion for telling stories that make an impact. As the Marketing Manager at a local nonprofit, he uses his talents as a writer, strategist, and designer to grow the organization and sustain programs that change lives. A transplant from Denver, Nate loves spending his time golfing, exploring the great outdoors, and finding the perfect hammock trees for relaxing and reading a good book. He joined the AIGA Seattle Board of Directors in May 2018.
Women Lead Director
Kirsten is passionate about workability for everyone and is known for her listening in order to understand and generate. As an interior designer, she is committed to making a difference for others in their physical environment, and no topic is too deep for Women Lead events. She also gets excited about juicing, cycling, yoga, and all-season mountain time with friends and family, especially her sons.
E-Ping Nie Medalia
Diversity & Inclusion Director
E-Ping's professional design and management practice began in the theatre/television industry in New York City. She took a personal enrichment sabbatical to earn a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School which prepared her (somewhat) for the wild swings between risk, failure, recovery and reward of entrepreneurial life. Her interest today is sharply focused on user research for sustainable development goals, social justice for impact and fearless cooking.
Paige is a designer and marketer turned project manager whose passion is bringing the community together and getting things done. Originally from Minnesota, Paige brought her motivation and energetic spirit to the board as Alliance Director shortly after moving to the Pacific Northwest to immerse herself in the local creative community. You'll find her every last Thursday of the month at our Schmooze event chatting it up with fellow creatives. When she's not working or networking, you'll find her doing yoga, eating doughnuts, reading, creating, drinking wine, and enjoying life as a Seattleite.
Originally from Brazil, Thabby recalls when she decided she wanted to be a creative professional—at 8 years old she would cut up magazines and recreate their layouts. While living in Brazil she earned a degree in Architecture and Urbanism. Since then her life has been an adventure—from Brazil to Russia to Italy and finally the U.S., where she acquired a degree in Graphic Design at Boise State University. Today she lives in Renton, WA. Tomorrow, who knows?
Special Events Director
An East-Coaster with a personality as fiery as the ginger hair on her head, Krista Serianni specializes in magazine and publication design. Krista strives to use her work to make a difference and is dedicated to creating for companies that strive to make their clients as healthy as possible. In addition to loving good design, Krista is passionate about eating ice cream, adding to her extensive poster collection and petting every dog she sees.
Steve is a designer turned developer with a passion for combining technology and design to bring projects to life. From the startup world, he has learned to wear many different hats when building products and is always looking for creative ways to solve complex problems. After bouncing around Arizona and Colorado, Steve has found a home in Seattle and a love for the Pacific Northwest.
Originally from California, Lauren went to London to study Mediterranean archaeology, which turned from career path to hobby once she entered the working world as a Project Manager back in the US. Her favorite projects to manage are creative—currently, she works on skin care print and digital projects. Wanderlust keeps her traveling, but the Seattle community always makes her excited to return. Lauren is passionate about connecting with the inspiring people who want to be involved with AIGA.
Lover of all things design. Connector of dots. Fan of modern art. Sprinkler of glitter and groomer of unicorns. Having worked in the design field for over 15 years in both Chicago and Seattle; Miranda is passionate about design, technology and art. Above all she loves working with people. Her goal is to help shape the world we live in through connecting amazing people within the design community and helping foster their creative career paths.
Made up of prominent members of the Seattle design community, our Advisory Board offers guidance, advice and a fresh perspective on how the chapter and community are doing. Lead by the Advisory Board Chair, this team regularly meets with the Chapter leadership and occasionally rolls up their sleeves to help bring new initiatives to life.
Having been around for almost 30 years now, our chapter has amassed an impressive amount of initiatives that aim to build a better community. From Art with Heart, to AIGA Link, to our biennial design and technology conferences Into the Woods and Hive, many of our chapter initiatives are kept alive and strong by a dedicated group of Chairs and Committee Leads.
Operations Chair, Hive 2017
Lead Chair, Women Lead Initiative
Diversity & Inclusion Chair
Technology Committee Lead
Design For Democracy Chair
Changemaker Series Chair
Design Chair, Hive 2017
Media Relations Chair
The Chapter President is voted in by the Board of Directors to lead the chapter toward successfully executing their collective vision. Each of these leaders have made their mark on this great design community and continue to do so long after their term.
Brooke Mackay Castro
Tan Le & Laura Zeck