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2021–2024 IxDA Board of Directors:

Nominations Are Open

The IxDA has 243 Local Groups. On stage is our collective of wonderful Regional Coordinators.

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is accepting nominations to the 2021–2024 IxDA Board of Directors.

As a volunteer-led and supported organization with no paid membership and virtual operations, IxDA relies on leadership emerging directly from our global community. We are seeking highly motivated and passionate individuals, ready to shape and guide the organization in furthering IxDA’s goals and mission. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, 6 November 2020, at 11:59 pm EST.

About IxDA

Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity in the United States, the Interaction Design Association is a global community focused on discussing and advancing the discipline of interaction design. Our community of interest continues to grow at an amazing pace. This growth reflects the increasing importance of and attention given to interaction design worldwide. In its 16-year history, IxDA has grown to 100,000+ community members and more than 200 IxDA local groups worldwide.

The organizational mission the IxDA Board supports:

We believe that the human condition is increasingly challenged by poor experiences. IxDA intends to improve the human condition by advancing the discipline of Interaction Design. To do this, we foster a community of people that choose to come together to support this intention. IxDA relies on individual initiative, contribution, sharing and self-organization as the primary means for us to achieve our goals.

About the IxDA Board of Directors

The IxDA Board of Directors is a seven-person volunteer Board comprising members of the community who serve as leaders for IxDA globally. The Board is governed by our Terms of Reference.

We need your leadership and vision to keep the spirit of the organization alive and support our ability to provide platforms for the community to gather on and advance the discipline of interaction design together. We need your leadership to help the organization navigate the emerging world we all find ourselves in. We need your help to strategically empower all levels of the organization, and to help us remain viable, resilient, and flourishing in the years to come.

Current members of the IxDA Board include Kevin Budelmann (President), Andrea Mignolo (Vice President), Michelle Berryman (Treasurer & Secretary), Katja Forbes, Brenda Laurel, Ana Domb, and Sami Niemelä.


The positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary have defined responsibilities according to IxDA’s official incorporation as a non-profit entity. Officers are elected by vote of the Board.


Directors not holding officer roles may be responsible for one or more major IxDA initiatives, such as events, education, communications and global coordination of regional and local leaders.

Open positions

There are three Board positions open for the upcoming term. Kevin Budelmann, Michelle Berryman, and Brenda Laurel will retire from the Board effective 5 February 2021.

In 2019, the board voted to move from a maximum of two consecutive 2-year terms to two 3-year terms. With that shift, for the 2021–2022 board year:

  • Sami Neimela enters the second year of his first 3-year term
  • Ana Domb and Andrea Mignolo are serving the final year of their first 3-year term
  • Katja Forbes begins the second year of her final 3-year term

Each Director’s term is three years with the opportunity to take on a second consecutive term. New Directors selected to join the IxDA Board will serve through February 2024.

Roles and responsibilities

The Director role requires the following commitment:

  • Average of 5 hours/week attending to IxDA business
  • Participation in a bi-monthly Board meeting by teleconference
  • Active participation in supporting and achieving IxDA’s strategic objectives
  • Accountable for leading at least one major initiative/portfolio
  • Attend the Board of Director’s annual mid-year retreat (currently virtual, travel & accommodation covered when we convene in person again)
  • Attend the Board of Director’s annual retreat at the Interaction conference (currently virtual — registration, travel & accommodation covered)
  • Participate in annual fundraising activities
  • Participate in the promotion of IxDA activities via social media channels

Key Dates


21 Oct: Call for nominations open
6 Nov: Nominations close
9-27 Nov: Shortlisting candidates
7–23 Dec: Candidate interviews
w/o 18 Jan: New directors notified


28–30 Jan: Annual Board retreat prior to Interaction 21
5 Feb: New Board presented during Interaction 21

Decision Process

At the close of the nomination period, the current Board will review all nominations and vote to fill the open positions.

IxDA is committed to a leadership team that is diverse and inclusive. Representation of experience, age, gender and ability will all be considered in the decision-making process.

The new Board members will be notified by 18 January. A public announcement will be made at that time and the new Board in its entirety will be presented to the IxDA community during Interaction 21.


Nominations will be accepted until Friday, 6 November at 11:59 pm EST. You may nominate yourself or someone else: http://bit.ly/IxDABoD


Do you have questions or feedback about the nomination process or current Board? Please contact us here: http://bit.ly/5y0NZw



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