Join the Board

Board volunteers help shape the role of design in our community through their ideas,  programming, and their role as design advocates.

Board service supports many ambitions, from building self-awareness and learning new skills, to expanding your professional network and resources. Those with underrepresented lived experiences are encouraged to apply.

Current board members look forward to answering your questions about board service by email, direct Slack message, or at our next event.

How to Apply

Click on the position you’re interested in to learn more about it. When you’re ready, click the ‘Apply’ link and complete a short form. We will follow up with a virtual or phone conversation. Know someone you think would make a great board member? Nominate someone to be on the board and we’ll reach out to them.

Board of Directors

These positions have the autonomy to share what you’re passionate about with the community. Directors serve 1 year and the Executive Committee (VPs) serve 2 years, from January through December. You can be re-elected multiple times but cannot serve more than 4 years in one position. Click a position name below for details. All positions will be supported by an experienced AIGA advisor and provided with a toolkit to support their planning and execution. Those with underrepresented lived experiences are encouraged to apply.

Requirements to volunteer on the board

  • Be an AIGA member at any level, if the membership cost whether in part or full would create an undue burden, the chapter will provide one for you
  • Attend monthly board meetings on the first Wednesday of every month (online or in person)
  • Attend the annual 1-day board retreat in late June
  • Attend a privilege and/or bias workshop once per term
  • Attend 75% of AIGA NWA events



Don’t have time to be a board member, but want to get involved? Join a committee/pod coordinating a specific program or initiative. These as needed commitments are good for learning about the board.

Requirements to join a committee/pod
Attend all meetings relevant to your program or initiative

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Under Review Portfolio Reviewer Volunteer
  • MentorSense Volunteer
  • Guest Artist/Designer

Apply to be a Volunteer


Have an idea for a program or initiative (we call them pods) but need help making it happen? Submit your Pod Proposal