AIGA Minnesota Welcomes New Board Members

July 1, 2017

AIGA Minnesota is pleased to announce that a number of new members have been elected to serve on the organization’s board of directors effective immediately.

New and continuing directors

Directors are elected by the membership and form the majority of the board, fulfilling positions within specific areas of expertise for the benefit of the membership. Directors are entrusted with voting rights and normally serve two-year terms.

  • Michelle Schulp, Director of Technology
    The Director of Technology oversees and improves electronic communications, systems and processes in support of AIGA Minnesota’s interactive, communication, and programming needs.
  • Pete Rivard, Director of Education
    The Director of Eduction oversees the chapter’s education activities, by developing and nurturing relationships between AIGA Minnesota and regional educators, schools, student groups and students. The person acts as an advisor to and liaison between the chapter board, educators and students to ensure that chapter activities address critical education issues and student needs.

New (continuing) associate director

Associate directors are appointed by majority vote of the board of directors and serve the board within a specific function, usually by representing a particular membership affinity group or by performing a special assignment. Associate directors do not have voting rights and normally serve for 1- or 2-year terms.

  • Michelle York, Associate Director of Student Affairs
    The Associate Director of Student Affairs acts as liaison between the Chapter’s leadership and its current and potential student members; to provide a voice for the AIGA Minnesota Chapter to ensure student affairs are considered in Board strategic decisions while offering a deeper insight to AIGA and the design profession both locally and nationally.

About the AIGA Minnesota Board of Directors

Governance of a membership organization requires a solid commitment from dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers with a variety of talents and attributes. For AIGA Minnesota, the board of directors is one of its distinct assets that serves and protects the brand and legacy of the organization. The board ideally represents a cross-section of thought leadership across the design profession, with each member taking charge of an area specifically suited to his or her talents and interests in order to benefit the full membership.

About board elections

Several times each year, AIGA Minnesota welcomes new members to serve on its board of directors and lead efforts to shape the direction of the organization. For the term beginning July 1, 2017, a nominating committee recommended a slate of nominees for consideration of open officer- and director‑level positions on the board. The slate was approved for ratification by a vote of the organization’s Supporting, Sustaining, Design Leader, and Trustee‑level members. Non‑voting associate directors are appointed by a majority vote of the board.

For more information

To view a list of all currently serving AIGA Minnesota board members with biographies and photos, click here.

For information about serving on the board, click here or contact AIGA Minnesota’s Secretary.

Contact Leadership

A member of AIGA since 1999, Katrin served on many committees and in a variety of roles for the Minnesota chapter since 2002, including chairing the Luncheon Lectures series from 2003–2010 and volunteering on the Design Show committee since 2010. In 2007, she joined AIGA Minnesota’s board of directors as the Associate Director, Luncheons and, in 2011, was named “Volunteer of the Year.” Most recently, Katrin served as AIGA Minnesota’s Vice President for two years, including overseeing the Programming Council. Prior to that, she served as AIGA Minnesota’s Director of Operations for five years overseeing and improving systems and processes in support of AIGA Minnesota’s numerous and diverse programming needs and co-chaired the 2014 AIGA Minnesota Design Show.

An award-winning art director/designer with extensive experience in brand development, Katrin currently works in-house for Best Buy’s Brand Design team. Katrin is a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a BFA in graphic design, and also holds a degree in business administration and international trade from Staatliche Handelsschule in Hamburg, Germany. A strong creative leader with analytical skills, her background in design and business coupled with experience working and living in the U.S. and Europe permits a unique global perspective.

An active member of the design community for over 10 years, Katrin currently serves on MCAD’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.