We’re thrilled to announce that Julie Anixter, a longtime friend and mentor to Maga and our Chief Innovation Officer, has been selected to serve as the next executive director of AIGA, the professional institute for design.
Julie will help represent and lead AIGA’s 25,000 individual members and 70 volunteer chapters around the country when she takes over in January.
She’ll come to AIGA after years serving as a principal at Think Remarkable consultancy, and as a managing partner at Innovation Excellence, the largest crowd-sourced innovation learning community. She co-founded both endeavors.
AIGA has been promoting design as a professional craft and fundamental cultural touchpoint for more than a century.
They were looking for an individual with a proven ability to manage complex teams, project a strong image, and have a deep understanding of the professional design world. Julie certainly fit the bill.
“In Julie, we found a leader who can be a connective thread across our increasingly diverse community of designers, innovators, educators, and advocates,” said Su Mathews Hale, the president of AIGA’s national board of directors.
An 8-member search team had been looking for a national executive since the fall of 2014.
So what is Julie’s mission at AIGA?
“Continue to amplify our thought leadership and influence on the profession of design and society-at-large, so that design is recognized as the force for good that it is; ensuring that the craft of design is valued, the discipline is taught more broadly, and the expert use of design helps us all navigate our information-laden world with greater ease.”
Our simple reply: Amen.