AIGA Minnesota Welcomes New Board Members

January 14, 2018

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 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.

  • Andy Vitale, Director of Design Impact
    The Director of Design Impact oversees chapter programming, initiatives, and operations that serve to demonstrate, protect, or increase the value or impact of design as a professional craft, strategic tool, and vital cultural force. S/he will forge valuable connections and create opportunities for meaningful dialogue and the exchange of ideas with audiences that may currently be unaware of AIGA Minnesota or the broader design community or profession.

New associate directors

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.

  • Emily Weigel, Associate Director of Archives
    As the guardian of the memories, materials and records that have and continue to shape the identity of AIGA Minnesota, the Associate Director of Archives organizes, catalogs, manages, and maintains the chapter’s collection of various archival items that have historical importance to the organization.
  • Matt Olin, Associate Director of Career Stages
    The Associate Director of Career Stages represents and oversees chapter programming efforts and initiatives that serve the membership segments in terms of their Career Stages (e.g. Emerging Designers and Expert Designers). S/he works closely with the Director of Career Practice and the Associate Director of Career Specialties to ensure benefits offered to these membership segments are inspirational, educational, and provide networking opportunities.

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 January 1, 2018, 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.

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.

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

For more information

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

Contact Leadership

Katrin Loss
Katrin Loss
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 15 years, Katrin currently serves on MCAD’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. She is the co-founder of AIGA EMERGE, a scalable initiative that offers a series of events, experiences, and content tailored to help the emerging designer hone their skills, explore their interests, and grow
their career.