AIGA Minnesota is the professional association for designers in Minnesota and the upper Midwest. Founded in 1977 as the Minnesota Graphic Designers Association (MGDA), AIGA Minnesota is one of the largest AIGA chapters in the nation.

AIGA Minnesota creates programming, professional development opportunities, and social/networking events for designers looking for inspiration and connection. We welcome everyone interested in our ever-expanding design field: graphic design, web design, strategy, design thinking, UX/UI, branding, illustration, photography, video, SEO, animation, game design, etc. Our members come from all backgrounds, all fields, and all levels of experience and include designers, strategists, developers, students, educators, and representatives from marketing, advertising, digital channels, printing, and publishing.

AIGA Minnesota is a chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design. AIGA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

AIGA Minnesota Our Purpose — who we are, what we do, and for whom

AIGA MN is an inclusive source of connection, inspiration, and support for every designer in Minnesota.
We promote the passion and power of design.

Our Vision — what we aspire to and why

We create community that empowers all designers to create a more beautiful, equitable world.

AIGA Minnesota Chapter Values

Belong

Embrace diversity.
Nurture an inclusive and unbiased environment with a commitment to justice and equity.

Connect

Lean on us.
Be a place of community and support to share knowledge through engagement and collaboration.

Partner

Work together.
Cultivate relationships with like-minded organizations and institutions for combined action and participation.

Inspire

Grow your passion.
Encourage and instill confidence in individuals to enjoy life through making and creating

Contact

Mailing Address
International Market Square
275 Market Street, Suite C-21
Minneapolis, MN 55405 USA

[email protected]

Executive Committee

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Vice President
Secretary
Secretary
Secretary

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Treasurer

The Treasurer oversees the overall financial health of the Chapter and act as advisor to and liaison between Chapter board and Chapter financial resources and systems. Advise board in financial matters to ensure that Chapter programs and activities are fiscally viable; establish long-term financial goals for the Chapter; and ensure alignment of local financial goals with national AIGA initiatives as well as local Chapter purpose statement.

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Directors

Matt Lowe
Matt Lowe
Director of Communications

I design for clients through my business Check One Two.
I keep it funky with my band Porky's Groove Machine.
Design outside the lines, always in the groove.

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Director of Development

The Director of Development sets the strategic framework for chapter development goals and opportunities and leads the development committee to meet those goals. Leads the Chapter’s efforts to identify, pursue, and secure sponsorship partners, and ensures that partnership agreements are being fulfilled.

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Precious Wallace & Michael Sasorith
Precious Wallace & Michael Sasorith
Co-Directors of Diversity and Inclusion

Precious N. Wallace is the owner and creative of King P. Studio and Art In Many Forms. She is a true creative both from childhood and being professionally trained. Precious is on a mission to give a voice to women of color creatives and those alike, while providing knowledge to those are creating more thought leadership around art.

Michael Sasorith is the Lead Designer at ArcStone, a digital agency in Minneapolis. He is also a Board Member for The SEAD Project, a nonprofit organization based in Minnesota that focuses on helping members of the Southeast Asian community connect with their heritage and amplify their narratives to thrive, mobilize, and heal. He graduated with his BFA in Graphic Designer from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities. His professional focus is on web, UI, and UX. His skills extend to a variety of design disciplines — including print, brand and identity, and type design. He is also an illustrator who strives to make Lao/Lao-American culture more visible and amplify narratives from the Southeast Asian community. His passions include racial equity, culture, and identity.

Danilo Bojic
Danilo Bojic
Director of Education

As a native Serbian, born and raised in Belgrade, Danilo has earned his BFA in Graphic Communications and BA in Art History from the University of Houston in 2009. In 2012 Danilo had successfully defended his thesis and holds an MFA Degree in Graphic Communications from the University of Houston.

Danilo engages the questions of enticing shifts in perception in design education and the influence of contemporary society and culture on our visual cognition in his research practice. His goal is to visually investigate the ability to communicate in different formats and create different levels of cognition through perception, acceleration, and construction of messages that raise consciousness, sensitivity, and conviction.


In his teaching practice, Danilo is committed to transforming the traditional design curriculum to expand the level of understanding of core and advance theoretical principles while utilizing historical and contemporary knowledge to enhance the learning experience. Danilo currently teaches design at Winona State University in Minnesota, USA.

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Director of Technology
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Director of Membership

The Director of Membership ensures Chapter membership activities are aligned with AIGA national initiatives as well as local Chapter goals. The Director acts as advisor to and liaison between Chapter board and Chapter membership to ensure Chapter activities meet the needs of the membership. The Director develops membership growth strategies and oversees any Chapter activity measuring member satisfaction in collaboration with AIGA ambassadors.

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alliances
Director of Alliances

Associate Directors

Jhoselin Dominguez
Associate Director, Communications

Alex Esse
Associate Director, Student Affairs

Jenni Lathrop
Jenni Lathrop
Associate Director, Registration

With over 18 years as a graphic designer, brand manager and marketing team member, Jenni Lathrop has a wide range of graphic design experience ranging from print to digital. Her work includes websites, logos, event collateral, advertising and publications. She also has a background in writing and editing.

Jenni is currently an independent, Twin Cities-based graphic designer working collaboratively with nonprofits, small businesses and individuals. A member of the AIGA since 2014, Jenni has worked with the In House Designers and Solopreneurs Committees and served as AD of Registration since 2016.

When she’s not enjoying time with her family, she spends time consuming too much pop culture, reading and knitting. Lots and lots of knitting.

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Associate Director, Archives

The role of the archivist is to be the guardian of the memories, materials and records that have shaped and continue to shape the identity of AIGA Minnesota. This includes collecting copies of all AIGA Minnesota communication materials for archiving and making appropriate information easily accessible to users such as board members and committee chairs.

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Past Presidents

  • 2019-2021 Heather Michael, President
  • 2016-2019: Katrin Loss, President 1
  • 2014-2016: Jenny Price, President
  • 2012-2014: Jenny Schmitz-Hinshaw, President
  • 2010-2012: Seth Johnson, President
  • 2008-2010: Christina Jackson, President
  • 2006-2008: Jim Madson, President
  • 2004-2006: Amy Anderson, President
  • 2002-2004: Scott Geiger, President
  • 2000-2002: Joelle Sather (née Anderlik), President
  • 1998-2000: Doug Powell, President; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2014)
  • 1996-1998: Dan Woychick, President
  • 1994-1996: Grant Pound, President
  • 1992-1994: John DuFresne, President; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2012) 2
  • 1990-1991: Paul Wharton, President
  • 1988-1989: Jo Davison (née Strand), President; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2014)
  • 1986-1987: Carol Capistrant, President 3
  • 1985-1986: Mark Odegard, President, MGDA
  • 1984-1985: Bruce Rubin, President, MGDA
  • 1983-1984:  Heather Olson (née Soladay), President, 
MGDA; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2012) 4
  • 1982-1983: Robert “Bob” Fleming, President, MGDA
  • 1981-1982: Dale Johnston, President, MGDA
  • 1980-1981: Timothy “Tim” Larsen, President, MGDA; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2007)
  • 1979-1980: Patrick Redmond, Chairman > President, MGDA 5
  • 1978-1979: Peter Seitz, Chairman, MGDA; AIGA Minnesota [first] Fellow (2000)
  • 1977-1978: James “Jim” Johnson, Chairman, MGDA
  • 1976-1977: Timothy “Tim” Larsen, Founding Chairman, MGDA; AIGA Minnesota Fellow (2007)

Notes: 1. Three-year term 2. 1992-1994 First time AIGA Minnesota President is two-year term 3. MGDA becomes AIGA Minnesota (AIGA Minnesota Chapter) in 1986 4. First female president 5. Although elected with the title “Chairman”, title was changed from “Chairman” to “President.”

Contact Leadership

Carla Januska
Carla Januska
President