AIGA Staff
AIGA Staff

AIGA’s staff is here to serve you. You can reach us at AIGA’s national office by calling 212 807 1990, completing the contact form, or dialing a staff member’s personal extension listed below. 

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Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. Bennie joined the team in 2020 with past experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management. He is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement; he has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand re-launch business environments.

As the Chief Strategy Officer for the Council of Better Business Bureaus, he led strategic marketing initiatives, market research and insights, guided brand management, and built strategic alliances. As former head of Global Marketing and Business Development for the HR Certification Institute, he led the organization’s global strategic marketing efforts including brand management, market research, public relations, and strategic alliances. His retention and acquisition marketing efforts expanded their credentials to more than 100 countries. He has served as Director, Marketing for a leading education and technology company focusing on consumer, new initiative, and international markets and has led global marketing for a multinational technology and management consultant firm with offices across North America, Asia Pacific, and EMEA serving Fortune Global 500 clients. He also led the brand marketing, sales, and strategic development efforts for the first and largest online community for IT project management,, now part of Project Management Institute (PMI).

A graduate of Yale University with a master’s degree from Columbia University, Bennie serves on the Alumni Advisory Council for the Columbia University School of Professional Studies. He actively serves on several arts and cultural boards including the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum.


Bennie F. Johnson

212 710 3137

Amy Chapman


Karen Kiell

212 710 3132

Anna Sparks

212 710 3130

Riian Kant-McCormick
Corporate relations & Development

212 710 3124

Rod Berg

212 710 3145

Heather Strelecki

212 710 3128

Tony Thomas
Jess Mackta
Marketing and communications
Michelle Koenigsknecht

212 710 3111

Amy Gwiazdowski

212 710 3144

Kathleen Budny

212 710 3133

Susan Augenbraun
Lee-Sean Huang
Digital services

212 710 3134

Tiia Schurig

212 710 3146

Brian Quinn
Eye on Design
Liz Stinson