Marc Hedges
President

Creative Work I Do:

I'm an independent Graphic Designer providing design solutions and marketing strategies that encompass identity and branding systems, web and mobile experiences, social initiatives, and more. To keep myself grounded I hang with family, ride horses, and enjoy creative outings with my peeps.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

AIGA San Diego continues to be a resource for me; both personally and professionally. I love the diversity in our membership; the people, talent, and the enrichment opportunities AIGA brings to the table.

Website:

marchedgescreative.com
Stephanie Elliott
Vice President

Creative Work I Do:

I am a digital designer and illustrator at my studio, Nowinski Creative, and a creative brand manager in Higher Ed tech.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

I have learned a tremendous amount, both personally and professionally, from attending AIGA events and getting to know other members. It’s been so invaluable and it makes me happy knowing that everyone is in it together, coming to events and not only learning with one another but from one another.

Website:

nowinskicreative.com
Angelo Outlaw
Past President

Creative Work I Do:

I'm a digital designer and developer, and I moonlight as a letterpress printer and illustrator.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

AIGA has given me so many opportunities, and so many life-long friendships. Being part of AIGA has changed my life. It gave me a place where I could learn new skills I never considered, and made me feel like I was an active participant in the creative community instead of watching from the outside.
Gregg Himfar
Finance Director

Creative Work I Do:

I'm a Certified Financial Planner. My hobbies include travel, coin collecting, training my German Shepherd in the sport of Schutzhund, and playing/coaching my kids' basketball, tennis, and baseball teams. My family consists of my two kids, Reid and Leighton, my wife Stephanie and German Shepherd Bosco.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

Although the financial world operates at one pace, with suits and ties being the norm, the down to earth nature of the design world is often a welcome retreat and offers an escape for me. I'm able to learn about design and how it has a profound impact on my firm, GFH Financial. The two industries, although different, are also in a way synergistic and dependent upon one another.

Website:

gfhfinancial.com
Jana Dennison
Social Media Director

Creative Work I Do:

I am the founder of Zettist — a content strategy house that defines and expresses the voice of brands consistently throughout all media. When I am not working, you can find me sketching, reading, paddleboarding on the bay, or hiking all around San Diego County with my two pups and fiance.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

AIGA San Diego is filled with members who can solve problems in beautiful and creative ways. Every time I attend a meeting or even rub elbows with someone new, I learn something that helps to make me a better marketer overall. And what's better than learning?

Website:

zettist.com
Amy Jo Levine
Y Design Conference Chair

Creative Work I Do:

Partner/Design Director at Visual Asylum. We are a full-service design firm specializing in Environmental Wayfinding.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

I joined the AIGA SD board in 2003 as exhibit chair for the AIGA Center for Design space, Education Chair, Membership Chair, VP Programing, President, and Y Conference Chair for Y17, Y18, Y19, Y22, Y23, Y24, and 2018 AIGA Fellow. I love AIGA for the people, experiences, and professional development.

Website:

visualasylum.com
Scott Hinkle
Community Outreach Director

Creative Work I Do:

Gardening, Travel, Photography, Art, Design-oriented "Projects" of all kinds. My work experience/ business acumen has been in the fields of hospitality, media, and automotive.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

AIGA San Diego provides an opportunity to mix and match with fellow creatives in new and innovative ways. I am amazed at the variety of interesting people and organizations it attracts and the many events and fun adventures that are brought to life.
Nick Porter
Website Director

Creative Work I Do:

I’m a graphic and web designer with over a decade of experience in developing award-winning print and digital communications in the non-profit higher education, wellness, and hospitality industries.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

I was introduced to AIGA in college, when I first discovered my true passion of becoming a designer. Membership with the organization has allowed me to attend industry-leading events, grow my design skills, and meet some wonderful people along the way!

Website:

nickportercreative.com
Frankie Margotta
Copywriting Director

Creative Work I Do:

Creative Strategy + Copywriting.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

AIGA San Diego is a connected, passionate group that really cares a lot about its members and community. I always feel empowered to reach higher, dream bigger and to help everyone around me do the same.

Website:

linkedin.com/in/frankiemargotta
Karen Morrison
LINK Director

Creative Work I Do:

Photography, design, and game narrative design.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

Great people doing awesome stuff, what's not to love?

Website:

karen-m.com
Allan Manzano
Director of Education

Creative Work I Do:

I'm an independent Creative Director, Designer, and Educator. I have a passion for making an impact in our industry and society. If you would like to know more about me, let’s get together and talk.

Why I love AIGA San Diego:

I love the potential of what it could be.

Website:

thisisdynamo.co
Sonia Lopez
Email Marketing Director

Creative Work I Do:

Designer at the Fleet Science Center also freelancing. Lately have been knitting, printmaking, bookmaking, and anything else that I find fascinating.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

AIGA SD is an awesome community to belong to, it's a great resource for creatives.

Website:

solodesgn.com
Trisha Swindell
Programming Director

Creative Work I Do:

I have been a Creative Designer at Philips for the past five years. I also enjoy swing dancing, graphic novels, video games, and autobiographies by comedians.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

Having a community of like-minded folks full of creative support and ideas is an amazing thing to be a part of!

Website:

behance.net/trishaswindell
Steve Burke
Development Director

Creative Work I Do:

Working with the sales team at Neyenesch Printers allows me to collaborate with the creative community and bring their concepts to life. If you can't find me in the office, I'm probably riding my bike and/or traveling with my wife (and resident artist) Marjorie and our two wonderful dogs.

Website:

neyenesch.com
Terri Lowry
Design for Good Director

Creative Work I Do:

I'm the founder of Thallo Design, a rebranding firm helping businesses grow with strategic rebranding; part of the Advisor Committee, Guest Reviewer + Speaker for the Master of Arts in Graphic and Web Design at MCAD; and mom to 2 beautiful, crazy boys!

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

It connects me to the local + national design community while providing opportunities to learn new things and meet new, like-minded creatives!

Website:

linkedin.com/in/terrilowry
Jorge Naranjo
Design for Good Co-Director (Diversity + Inclusion)

Creative Work I Do:

Graphic Designer and illustrator from San Diego/Tijuana. Most recently my work has focused on brand identity and development of visual communication tools, brand strategy and continuity. Much of my work has an illustrative flair.

Why I love AIGA San Diego:

A foundational pillar, as a person and a professional goal, is to create meaningful and impactful work for my community and for organizations with missions of civic engagement and social justice. AIGA SD provides a "path to impact" good through the graphic arts.

Website:

nittygrittybrands.com
Kamille Franchomme
Design for Good Co-Director (Women Lead)

Creative Work I Do:

Managing Partner of NittyGritty Brands and Lead Brand Creative at QDOBA Mexican Eats. My background is a mixture of design, marketing, and business, which has helped me shape a very unique perspective on creative thinking. I find my zen by illustrating, crocheting and playing Japanese drums.

Why I love AIGA San Diego:

AIGA SD is my tribe. It's a diverse group of creative individuals that you can lean into to talk shop and geek out on all things design.

Website:

nittygrittybrands.com
Beth Geraci
Copywriting Co-Director

Creative Work I Do:

I'm a content strategist who freelances full time. I recently started a blog that happens to be my passion project right now. I thrive on building audiences and writing engaging content, and I aspire to develop killer graphic design skills. Soon, very soon.

Why I Love AIGA San Diego:

I love the energy of this group, such amazing people! Ever since my first hike with AIGA, it's exposed me to a world of bright, creative professionals who inspire me every time. AIGA has added a new dimension to my life in San Diego.
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