Amanda Beemer
Career Tools Chair, Programming Committee
Amanda Beemer is a Freelance Strategist who is always on the hunt for gnarly problems to solve. Her mission in life is to help clients “do right” by people by creating user-focused experiences. A straight-up nerd, Amanda holds a Master’s Degree in Social Theory and is obsessed with understanding the evolving roles of work and leisure in modern, everyday life. Amanda is also a Portland transplant from Chicago who is a big fan of Design Thinking, waking at the crack of dawn to watch Premier League football, swinging from trapezes, and gardening alongside inmates at OCC.
Whitney Clark
Women Lead, Programming Committee
Whitney is a graphic designer, currently working in the digital brand space for Team Studio.  When not attached to her computer, she can be found at thrift shops, alternating between fiction and non-fiction books, and plotting her next adventure out of the city.
Sarah Lane Ferguson
Women Lead Co-Chair, Programming Committee
With a commitment to all things design, Sarah Lane Ferguson has experience in urban design, retail planning, and museum management in New York, Los Angeles and Portland. She has her own graphic design practice and is committed to promoting the importance of design and does so volunteering for Portland organizations dedicated to the cause.
Meagan Ghorashian
Education Committee
Recently a design student herself, Meagan enjoys learning about and supporting the aspirations of tomorrow's designers. Years ago college produced degrees in French and International Business Management but Meagan now puts all her energy and enthusiasm into her rekindled love of design. When not creating for clients you can probably find her joyfully adding to her copious design-themed Pinterest boards.
Heather Golan
dMob Chair, Programming Committee
Heather is a freelance designer and illustrator residing in Portland, Oregon. She earned her BFA at Oregon State University and an associates in AAS in Integrated Media, graphic design. When not working you can usually find Heather spending time with her family, reading, or crafting.
Carrie Grant
Women Lead, Content Specialist
Carrie has been working in non-profit graphic design since she graduated from Portland State University in 2007. In addition to freelancing, Carrie serves as Brand Designer for the Children’s Cancer Association, where she is able to marry her love of typography and layout with doing good. A native Portlander, Carrie enjoys beer, tattoos, and snuggling her dogs.
Darius Kuzmickas
Photography Chair, Promotions Committee
Founder of Real Color Media and Darius Kuzmickas Photography, has served as AIGA Portland's Flickr Director for several years, and is often seen photographing our events.
Duncan Lawrence
Blog Chair, Studio Tour Director
Duncan is a strategist with a focus on creating a happier, more accessible world through design. Prior to moving west to Portland, Duncan volunteered for AIGA Boston where he organized Design For Good events for their annual design conference, Design Exchange Boston.
Erin Lynch
Blog Contributor , Content Committee
Erin spends his days as 1/3 of the small design studio, Shop, teaches web design and user interface design at The Art Institute, Portland and works as the production manager for A List Apart magazine.
Matt Miller
Copywriting Chair, Promotions Committee
Matt came to Portland from Arkansas by way of New York. He loves that he gets to work with creators as an intellectual property lawyer. Beyond that, you can find Matt with his family or riding his bike as far as time allows.
Jason Miller
Jason is a recent graduate from Orlando, FL. He currently works freelance as a graphic designer, specializing in print and branding. In his free time he enjoys photography, skateboarding and hiking (ideally all at the same time). Website:
Alicia Nagel
Blog Contributor, Content Committee
Founder of Alicia Nagel Creative, Alicia is committed to developing brand strategies that fuel smart and efficient communications on behalf of the client. Nine years in branding and 13 years in design have only grown her passion for what she does.
Andy Portello
dMob dLux Director, Programming Committee
Andy Portello is a print and interactive brand designer with a focus in 3D retail environment and event marketing.
Peter Russo
Contributor, Content Committee
Peter is a UX designer and team lead. He started out studying printmaking, moved to freelance web design, and is currently researching the role of cognitive science in design and the process of building digital projects
Stephanie Ward
Women Lead Co-Chair, Programming Committee
Originally from Memphis, TN, Stephanie first became involved with AIGA while living in Jacksonville, FL. After five years of serving on their board as Membership Director, she said farewell to palms and hello to pines with a cross-country drive to Portland. Stephanie is currently the Creative Director at a digital agency called Station Four, and when she is not designing, she is drawing comics or writing.