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

New Officers and Directors

Officers and 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. Officers and directors are entrusted with voting rights and typically serve 2-year terms.

  • Katrin Loss, President  (6-month term, interim)
    The President oversees the development of the Minnesota chapter of AIGA and ensures activities are in alignment with AIGA’s mission and the Chapter’s strategic goals. The President leads the Board of Directors, which is responsible for the overall health and well-being of the chapter, and the Executive Committee. Working closely with the Executive Committee, the President leads Chapter operations, including ongoing evaluation of processes and resources, to ensure that board efforts and chapter activities are in the best interest of the Chapter’s financial and organizational health as well as local membership needs. The President acts as liaison between the Chapter board and AIGA national.
  • Teresa Moses, Director of Diversity & Inclusion  (1-year term)
    The Director of Diversity & Inclusion oversees and guides AIGA Minnesota’s efforts to both reflect and encourage diversity within Minnesota’s design community. Offers guidance to the organization and its members by participating in purposeful dialogues and activities. The Director influences internal chapter practices and create new membership programming opportunities. As the demographic makeup of Minnesota changes, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion works to raise awareness to known and unknown biases against underrepresented or overlooked groups as it relates to race, gender, location, age, socio-economic background, religion, ability, etc.
  • Kayla Bries, Treasurer
    The Treasurer oversees the overall financial health of the Chapter and acts as advisor to and liaison between Chapter board and Chapter financial resources and systems. Advises board in financial matters to ensure that Chapter programs and activities are fiscally viable; establish long-term financial goals for the Chapter; and ensures alignment of local financial goals with national AIGA initiatives as well as local Chapter purpose statement.
  • Carla Januska, Secretary
    The key support person for the Chapter’s board of directors, the Secretary leads organizational efforts to ensure the board functions cohesively, including preparing and documenting monthly meetings, and oversees the integration of new members to the board of directors. Works with the President, Vice President, and Treasurer (the Executive Committee) to review event proposals and budgets, make decisions regarding Chapter policy, and provide guidance for the Board of Directors and the Chapter as a whole. Works with the Associate Director of Archives to organize and file Chapter historical documents and resources. The Secretary acts as liaison between the community at large and Chapter board.
  • Ashley Green, Director of Membership
    The Director of Membership acts as an advisor to and liaison between Chapter board and Chapter membership to ensure Chapter activities meet the needs of the membership and are in alignment with Chapter goals as well as AIGA national initiatives. The Director maintains membership resources, oversees any Chapter activity measuring member satisfaction and develops membership engagement and growth strategies in collaboration with the Chapter’s Executive Committee. The Director will also oversee the Chapter Ambassadors.
  • Ted Kusio, Director of Alliances
    The Director of Alliances oversees Chapter efforts to identify and seek out opportunities to collaborate and strengthen ties with other local and regional organizations. The Director leads efforts to develop programming partnership opportunities into actual short-term programming and long-term relationships. As part of this process, the Director will work closely with the Vice President to set strategic direction to ensure that partnerships are mutually beneficial and are in the best interest of the Chapter’s mission and goals and benefit Chapter 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 January 1, 2019, 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.

Want to help shape the future of the Minnesota chapter?

AIGA Minnesota is a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and in the past 12 months more than 100 AIGA members have volunteered for the chapter in some capacity giving freely of their time, expertise and resources. Their passion is the lifeblood of the organization.

Contact us for more information on how you can get involved either by serving on the Chapter board or by volunteering to support various Chapter programming and initiatives throughout the year.

We’re always looking for local design leaders and enthusiasts to step up and commit to a term of service to help shape the future of the Minnesota chapter.

Contact Leadership

Heather Brooks
Heather Brooks
President
For as long as she can remember Heather has been a lover of color and pattern and a skilled problem solver. Design brought these two passions together and there has been no looking back.

 Currently in-house at a local nonprofit, Opportunity Partners, Heather spends her days designing print and digital materials to support the mission of advancing the quality of life for adults with disabilities.

Heather holds a BFA in graphic design from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where she was encouraged to join AIGA as a student. 

In her free time, Heather is out enjoying all the wonderful places in the Twin Cities with her partner, family, friends and dogs, Paisley and Guthrie.