Meet the Candidates


The IDSA Nominations Committee is delighted to present the individuals below who have been nominated for elevated leadership roles within the Society. The positions they will fill are on the Board of Directors, Districts Committee, Women in Design Committee and Education Council. Each role serves a two (2) year term, beginning in 2022 and ending in 2023. 


Voting is closed.



Our thanks go to the Committee led by David Patton, IDSA. In their second year of a two-year term, David and the team worked tirelessly over the past several months, implementing a rigorous process centered on clarity and transparency. The process included:

  • A robust Call for Leadership. 
  • Distribution of a Board Candidate material packet, outlining expectations for serving on the Board.
  • Tools such as a structured interview-like process and a candidate matrix, meant to provide objectivity when building Boards and Committees that represent the IDSA community and are diverse in regard to background, age, level of IDSA experience, race, ethnicity, gender, and perspective. 

In line with their purpose, the Nominations Committee developed the slate of candidates for review by IDSA's current Board of Directors. The slate of candidates was endorsed by the Board and is now being presented to the membership for voting. The slate will remain posted for 30 days before voting starts, in accordance with the Bylaws.

Nominations Committee: David Patton, IDSA (Chair), David Allan, IDSA, Autumn Groleski, IDSA, Mike Lyden, IDSA, Ellise Smolenyak, IDSA, and Yi-Ping Wong, IDSA.



Lindsey Maxwell, IDSA
Chair-Elect (Board)

Scott Shim, IDSA
Chair-Elect (Board)

Stephan Clambaneva, IDSA
Sections Director (Board)

Glenn Johnson, IDSA
Sections Director (Board)

Verena Paepcke-Hjeltness, IDSA
Education Director (Board)

Ralf Schneider, IDSA
Education Director (Board)

Caterina Rizzoni, IDSA
At-Large Director, Conferences (Board)

Lea Stewart, IDSA
WID Committee - Central

TK Wismer, IDSA
WID Committee - Central

Danielle Chen, IDSA
WID Committee - Northeast

Nicole Feller-Johnson, IDSA
WID Committee - Northeast

Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, IDSA
WID Committee - Northeast

Carly Hagins, IDSA
Education Council - Central

James Rudolph, IDSA
Education Council - Midwest

Louise Manfredi, IDSA
Education Council - Northeast

Juan Noguera, IDSA
Education Council - Northeast

Owen Foster, IDSA
Education Council - South

Mark Kimbrough, IDSA
Education Council - South

Kohar Scott, IDSA
Education Council - West

Jiabao Li, IDSA
Education Council - Practitioner

Vincent Lin, IDSA
Education Council - Practitioner

Josh Madwed, IDSA
Education Council - Practitioner

Grayson Byrd, IDSA
Districts Committee - Northeast

Ranee Lee, IDSA
Districts Committee - Northeast

Write-In Candidate
Districts Committee - Central


Role Descriptions

Chair-Elect (Board of Directors)

As Chair-Elect, the focus of the role is to prepare for their tenure as Board Chair, ensuring continuity between Board Chairs. He/she plays an active role on all aspects of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee by maintaining sight on the long-term health of the organization and contributing to our strategic priorities. The Chair-Elect automatically assumes the role of Board Chair after one year as Chair-Elect. 

As Board Chair, this individual holds the highest volunteer leadership position within IDSA. He/she presides at all meetings of the Board of Directors and must be equal parts strategist, coach, and conciliator. This role requires in-depth knowledge of organizational leadership and standard board practices. He/she must be respected in the community. After two years as Board Chair, this individual serves one year as Chair Emeritus to complete a total four-year commitment.  

Primary responsibilities of this role from 2022-2025 include:

  • Working closely with IDSA’s Executive Director in defining, implementing, and maintaining the strategic direction of the organization
  • Interfacing with membership on a regular basis in the communication of organizational information and updates regarding IDSA’s programming
  • Reviewing and advising on aspects of IDSA’s financial strategies and organizational decisions 
  • Reviewing and advising on legal documents and partnership agreements
  • (As Chair) Serves as the contact point for every Board member on Board issues
  • (As Chair) Sets goals and objectives for the Board and ensures that they are met
  • (As Chair) Ensures that all Board members are involved in committee activities; assigns committee chairs
  • (As Chair) Motivates Board members to attend meetings and participate in their community
  • (As Chair) Runs effective and productive Board meetings
  • (As Chair) Assists in defining priorities and necessary qualifications for new Board members during elections cycles

To qualify for this role from 2022-2025, the ideal candidate should:

  • Be deeply familiar with IDSA’s organizational structure
  • Have relevant and proven professional organizational management experience
  • Have the ability to think both ‘long term, big-picture’ and ‘near term, quick solutions’
  • Possess excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and be comfortable speaking in public
  • Have leadership experience with other non-profit organizations and/or previous Board experience with other organizations
  • Complement and demonstrate a good rapport with IDSA's Executive Director

At-Large Director - Conferences (Board of Directors)

The At-Large Director will be given IDSA’s conference and events-related program portfolio. He/she will support the International Design Conference and Deep Dive events, developing recommendations for growing, differentiating, and advancing all IDSA conferences. This role is not expected to “Chair” or be the primary individual directly planning IDSA conferences; however, they will be significantly involved in the overall production of these events, ensuring they hit or exceed budget goals and deliver exceptional value for event goers. 

Primary responsibilities of this role for the 2022-2023 term include:

  • Assisting in content development, planning, and execution of the annual International Design Conference
  • Assisting in content development, planning, and execution of Deep Dive events per year
  • May be asked to attend events put on by other organizations on behalf of IDSA
  • Interacting with potential conference speakers, sponsors, or other partners
  • Assembling and leading sub-committee groups of volunteers who help with various aspects of event planning (as needed)

To qualify for this role for the 2022-2023 term, the ideal candidate should:

  • Be familiar with IDSA's complete conference portfolio
  • Have previously attended IDSA events at all scales - local chapter events through international design conferences
  • Enjoy event planning, logistics, and content curation
  • Be comfortable contacting speakers, sponsors, or other partners who we may wish to engage with IDSA for a future event, often leveraging your own personal network to build new opportunities

Education Director (Board of Directors)

The Education Director is the conduit between the professional and academic communities, ensuring the needs of our academic members (both students and professors) are voiced and met. He/she plays a large role in the oversight and administration of IDSA’s programming that highlights academic work, such as IDSA's Student Merit Awards, Scholarships, and Education Papers. Additionally, this individual works directly with District Education Representatives across the country to ensure that goals are being met at the local level. The programs under the Education Director’s supervision run year-round and require regular collaboration with members of the IDSA headquarter team. 

Primary responsibilities of this role for the 2022-2023 term include:

  • Serving as Chair of the Education Council (made up of design educators and practitioners)
  • Leading the development and arrangement of the annual IDSA Education Symposium, acting as this event’s emcee
  • Reviewing all Education Paper submissions and assisting with the judging process
  • Reviewing all Student Merit Award submissions and assisting with the judging process
  • Assisting with the annual IDSA Scholarship selections

To qualify for this role for the 2022-2023 term, the ideal candidate should:

  • Be a current or former educator at a recognized academic institution, having taught industrial design (or related) courses
  • Have prior administrative/program chair experience with an education institution
  • Be very organized and detail-oriented
  • Comfortable delegating tasks, leading teams, and planning events

Section Director (Board of Directors)

The Section Director promotes, monitors, and nurtures IDSA's Sections and represents their interests on the Board of Directors. This role also cultivates opportunities for relationships between Chapters, Sections, and educators through continued education development offerings that come from the subject matter experts within IDSA’s Special Interest Sections.  

Primary responsibilities of this role for the 2022-2023 term include:

  • Working with leaders of IDSA’s Sections to develop and/or propose new program offerings or chapter events that connect Section subject matter experts to our community
  • Identifying and nurturing volunteer leaders who are subject matter experts to lead dormant Sections or assist with the transition between Section leaders
  • Assist with content curation for Deep Dive events that feature subject matter derived from Special Interest Sections, as needed/requested by the Conferences Director or individual event content teams

To qualify for this role for the 2022-2023 term, the ideal candidate should:

  • Have familiarity with the IDSA Chapters and Sections' organizational structure
  • Share an interest in continuing education professional development
  • Understand the needs of wide-ranging current industrial design professional trends
  • Be outgoing and comfortable with community outreach activities

District Representative (Districts Committee)

(Northeast & Central)

District Chapter Representatives (DCRs) are responsible for working directly with the IDSA Professional Chapters and design communities within their district. Each will focus on fostering the growth of chapters in their region, mentoring chapter officers, creating connections among chapters and engaging members who live "in between" chapters. 

Primary responsibilities of this role for the 2022-2023 term include:

  • Lead and participate in regular touch-base calls with chapter leaders, IDSA staff, and other DCRs
  • Serve on the IDSA Districts Committee, chaired by the Chapter Director on IDSA's Board of Directors 
  • May be asked to serve on the Nominations and Elections Committee, helping to formalize the slate of candidates during election cycles
  • Assisting with the SCARF (chapter event) approval process

To qualify for this role for the 2022-2023 term, the ideal candidate should:

  • Have been involved with, or previously served as, an IDSA professional chapter leader
  • Possess excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Have basic knowledge of how local design events are run and enjoy passing on their knowledge to others

District Representatives (Women in Design Committee)

(Northeast & Central)

The Women In Design Committee endeavors to invite participation, encourage dialogue, and enable a community for women in design to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive industrial design profession. At the direction of the Board of Directors, the WIDC, through leadership of its Chair, will:

  • Provide mentoring and support to Women in Design Chapter leaders
  • Review and assist with the approval of new city-based Women in Design Chapter groups
  • Foster an inclusive and supportive environment for Women in Design Chapter Leaders and those who participate in Women in Design programming
  • Collaborate, coordinate, and align efforts with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council (DEIC) on IDSA's DEI goals pertaining to Women in Design
  • Elevate issues of importance to the Board of Directors for consideration, feedback, and action
  • Assist with the curation of speakers and content for IDSA’s Women in Design Deep Dive event, in collaboration with the IDSA events staff
  • Assist in identifying future committee members to replace those whose terms have ended

To qualify for this role for the 2022-2023 term, the ideal candidate should:

  • Hold a current IDSA professional membership and be eligible to serve per IDSA’s Bylaws
  • Have prior experience leading a team and mentoring others in a professional setting
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and support others

Prior IDSA chapter leadership experience is a plus.

District Representatives & Professional Practitioners (Education Council)

(Northeast, Central, Midwest, South, West & 3 Professional Practitioners)

These individuals serve in a number of ways and help advance IDSA's efforts in celebrating the work of our academic communities. Primarily, they are the point of contact for IDSA's Student Merit Award (SMA) competition and Student Chapters in their respective districts. Each year, they serve on the jury teams responsible for reviewing work submitted by students to select SMA District Winners and Scholarship recipients. During their two-year term, District Education Representatives may also assist with organizing the annual Education Symposium. All District Education Representatives, collectively with three professional practitioners, form IDSA's Education Council. 

The Education Council shall serve in order to ensure the highest standard of industrial design education; to actively maintain a liaison among all members of IDSA (especially those whose professional responsibility is industrial design education); to promote and develop IDSA Student Chapters and activities; to promote Student Membership; and to consult with, and make recommendations to, the Chair and the Board of Directors concerning education policies, planning, and matters within the Society.