Salvador Orara
President
Salvador is a Creative Technologist, Interaction Designer, and Educator with a BFA in Graphic Design from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and a MFA in Media Design Practices from ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, CA. He is currently a Product Owner and Lead User Experience Researcher at the Jaguar Land Rover Portland Hub, where he develops future technologies and user experiences for the automotive industry. Salvador’s practice is rooted in the careful balance of human-centered principles, business, technology, and the creative hunch; to deliver meaning and value through thoughtful and strategic touch points within holistic experiences. An advocate for building and sharing knowledge and asking critical questions, he is a mentor and coach encouraging disruption, innovation, and change within organizations and educational institutions. His experience includes being the Founder and Creative Director of The Rare Studio: a design agency whose mission was to provide early-stage and established companies with design-driven services while educating the designers performing them. Seeking to become a design agency which thrived off the gaps of design education and design organizations. He holds awards with AIGA 365, AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers; and has published works with IEEE, Leonardo On-line, and the School of Visual Arts. In his free time, Salvador enjoys rock climbing, experimental sound art, and playing guitar. @salvadororara | salvadororara.com
Monica Mo
Vice President
Monica Mo is a visual artist, multi-disciplinary designer and creative director who resides in Portland, Oregon. She has worked and partnered with a multitude of clients and companies such as Adidas, Nike, Downstream, Swift, Big-Giant, and more. Monica received a BFA in Communications Design while at Syracuse University. She is a rapid idea generator and a critical thinker, and she has a passion for crafting experiences that leave lasting impressions. She brings these characteristics into her role as Programming Director on the AIGA Portland Board of Directors. In her free time, Monica keeps busy with side hustles which include: documenting outdoor adventures, riding her motorcycle and honing her guitar skills. Follow along with Monica’s shenanigans Site: monicamo.com Instagram: @i_am_monicamo
Katie A. Lane
Treasurer
Katie Lane is a comic book and entertainment attorney based in Portland, OR, and the founder of WorkMadeForHire.net. Her clients include comics creators, filmmakers, designers, podcasters, and small creative companies. In addition to her legal practice, Katie works to improve creators' legal literacy through articles, workshops, online classes and DIY tools. She is the legal columnist for Professional Artist magazine and a regular speaker at creative conferences such as HOW Design Live and AIGA's Eye on Design. Katie received her JD from Lewis & Clark Law School and her BA from UC San Diego, John Muir College. She tweets about law, negotiation, and bowties from @_katie_lane.
Jennifer Pantages
Secretary
Jennifer is a digital and print designer, art director, manager, and project juggler with over 20 years of creative experience for high-profile clients. Data-driven and strategy focused, she specializes in both email and direct mail. She is new to Portland and freelancing with a diverse array of local businesses. Originally from Kansas, she made her way to Portland via Silicon Valley where she worked at eBay for three years. She earned her BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas. In addition to design skills, Jennifer brings a passionate sense of organization to her role as Secretary of AIGA Portland. Outside of AIGA, Jennifer enjoys traveling, sewing, hiking, knitting, video games, reading, and playing with her dog Walter. Follow her @jac0928 or see her portfolio at jennifer-pantages.com.
Gillian Windisch
Promotions Director
Gillian Windisch is a Midwestern at heart, excited to now call Portland home. With 8+ years in promotions and marketing, she has had the opportunity to work with a wide range of companies in St. Louis, Chicago and now Portland. Gillian is the Division Director at The Creative Group, representing top-notch design, marketing, and interactive professional for contracts with companies and agencies around the Portland area. Always down for an adventure – on the weekends you can find her, her husband Andrew and their 80 pound golden retriever road tripping to the coast, hiking the mountains or fly fishing some of their favorite rivers.
Max Radi
Content Director
Max is a data-driven, strategy-focused designer with a passion for interactive storytelling and getting the right message in front of the right audience. After receiving his degree from the UO School of Journalism and Communication, Max started working for The Oregonian as a designer on the marketing team. Through his work at the largest and oldest journalistic institution in Oregon, he has cherished the responsibility of designing for a local brand that supports the community. Max has been volunteering at AIGA as the Facebook Chair since October 2017. Max is currently freelancing at maxwellradi.com, raising four beautiful chickens (he posts photos of them here: @maxradi) and trying to figure out why he signs up for relay races. maxwellradi.com
Tanith Yates
Partnership Director
Tanith is a brand strategist, art director and graphic designer with over 20 years experience creating visual communications for high-profile clients across numerous industry verticals. As the owner of Tanith Yates Consulting & Design, she integrates design thinking, consumer marketing, and brand development to create holistic campaigns that bring brand awareness, recognition and value for her clients. An advocate for building partnerships within the design community, she is a leader and mentor, facilitating discussions and strategies to promote innovation, organizational change and embracing the culture of design to transform corporations, creative teams, and communities. tanithyates.com
Steven Tatar
Programming Director
As a polymath designer, Steven Tatar has worked for +30 years as a creative director, brand strategist, sculptor, and business owner. He is known for his artistic engineering and design execution in a wide range of media, from environments to textiles to graphic design. Since 2006, he has built and led a new apparel label, the Ohio Knitting Mills, which sells its American Modern forward-looking knitwear to premium retailers and customers across North America, Europe and Japan. Prior to forming OKM, Steven has worked in corporate arenas as a Creative Director at marchFIRST and American Greetings Corporation. He has lectured and taught workshops extensively in the US and Europe, at such institutions as RISD, Parsons, Pratt, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Exploratorium, and Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. His sculptures can be found in numerous private and corporate collections, as well as in the permanent collection of The Corning Museum of Glass and others. Steven is a 2001 recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship, an Excellence in Design award from AIGA, and a Craftsman Fellowship from Penland School. He is the author of The Ohio Knitting Mills Knitting Book, (Artisan, 2010). He earned a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, and studied architecture at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture. When not busy making things, Steven is probably playing his guitar or bass, checking out neighborhoods on his bike, or falling out of a kayak or sailboat on a local river. Show n’ tell at: steventatar.com | @ohioknittingmills
Marilee Sweeney
Special Events Director
Marilee Sweeney is a brand strategist and packaging designer with expertise in food and beverage branding. She devotes herself to illustration, color, and materials development at Gastronaut Design, and dreams in Pantone coated colors. Marilee joins the board in summer 2018 as Special Events Director, having served previously as a regular contributor on the blog and events feed. She received a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in New York, and won the Group Perrin Award for excellence in print design. Community building is the thruline for everything she does, and her recent work includes refreshing packaging for several grocery and foodservice brands, leading two successful water quality campaigns with Surfrider Foundation, and leading the League of Women Designers // IPRC risography event “Cross-Pollinate”. When she takes a break from designing, you may find her surfing with Babes on Waves, making mint juleps for her neighbors on the back porch, or night hiking up to Skyline Tavern. Follow her @gastronautdesign, and see new work at gastronautdesign.com
Maria Nocenti
Design For Good Director
Maria is a designer with midwestern roots. Making her way to Portland via Minneapolis, her passion for design stems from it’s ability to create joy and improve everyday experiences. She is currently a product designer, creating beautiful and easy to use interfaces for financial software. Outside of work, she enjoys being involved in the local design community and has been an active volunteer with AIGA since 2011. marianocenti.com
Martha Lewis
Education Director
Martha Lewis worked for 14 years in advertising and design on the east coast, before moving to Portland. Starting out with a Bachelor in Environmental Design degree, she has since shifted her focus to academia: Martha began teaching at Virginia Commonwealth University, and in 2001 moved to the Middle East, where she was Assistant Professor at VCU’s satellite campus in Qatar, teaching in and serving as head of the Communication Design program. Since moving to the west coast in 2006, she has maintained a small design business while teaching communication design at PCC, Clark College, and PNCA. Now a full-time Associate Professor at PNCA, Martha is the Lead Faculty for Communication Design in the Design Arts Department.
Simon Sotelo
Diversity & Inclusion Director
Simon is a designer & illustrator who loves endless grey skies, rainy days, and karaoke. She holds a degree in illustration from Otis College of Art & Design and regularly contributes editorial illustrations to a variety of magazines around the country. During the week Simon is having fun being a storyteller and digital designer at The Fiction Tribe.
In addition to being a visual storyteller, Simon is a passionate community organizer. In 2011, she co-founded the L.A. Zine Fest, an annual event which helps unite Los Angeles’ large community of independent creatives, and provides them with an accessible platform to showcase their work. Since living in Portland she has helped the Portland Zine Symposium work hard to create better representation and intersectionality of POC (People of Color) and QTPOC (Queer Trans People of Color) in the Pacific Northwest. She is excited and eager to tackle Portland’s inclusivity elephant and provide marginalized communities with safe spaces, resources, and opportunities for a successful creative career.
Anita Magaña
Recruitment Director
Anita is a graphic designer plus an ideator, "team captain", project manager, and brainstormer all rolled into one. She specializes in unique print and package design pieces for gaming, entertainment, and pop-culture companies. Originally from the San Fransisco Bay Area, she holds a BA in Film and Video Production from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she focused on set design and art direction. After moving to Portland she completed a two year AAS degree in graphic design from Portland Community College. When she has time you will find Anita in her kitchen trying out new made-up recipes, playing with her dogs, singing karaoke or reading a really awesome fantasy or sci-fi books. www.anitamagana.com
Kyle Hinze
Membership Director
Kyle has always lived in the Pacific Northwest. He's a UX/UI designer currently working in Portland for Parliament. After earning a degree in Digital Technology & Culture from WSU he entered right into the agency scene. He wants to keep designing rad stuff that inspires people. If you find him at a coffee shop he'll probably talk about skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, video games, comic books or whatever else. Twitter: @kylehinze Instagram: @kylehinze kylehinze.com