Adriana Tamayo, President
Day Job: Owner @ Btr Brand Design
Adriana Tamayo is the founder of Btr Brand Design, a startup focused branding studio. Her diverse experience has led her to work with clients from local startups to renowned global brands like HBO. She is a passionate designer with a genuine desire to make Miami a city where design is appreciated, and designers feel like they belong.
Jose Nava, Vice President
Day Job: Design Director @ Levie
Jose Nava is a partner and design director at Levie, an independent branding and design agency where he has worked with growing local brands like Pura Vida, Suviche, and Coconut Cartel to global brands and institutions like Royal Caribbean, The Economist, and Hebrew University. Previous to Levie, he was Creative Director of the Wynwood Arts District Association, where he established the neighborhood as a strong brand that is globally recognized for its art, culture, and creative entrepreneurship.
Erick Gavin, Communications Chair
Day Job: Product Designer
Erick Gavin is a digital designer, whose focus is interaction design and software development strategy through design. He seeks to better understand how we experience technology, and how technology can create experiences that both improve our lives but could also hinder it. Passionate about better understanding how people interact with computers and minority communities access to technology in general.
Silvia Pease, Education Chair
Day Job: Design Professor @ Florida International University
Silvia is a new media designer, educator, and social entrepreneur as well as founder of the social-impact initiative Design is Change and Miami design consultancy 1231 org. She holds a PhD in philosophy, art theory, and aesthetics from IDSVA and currently leads a new graphic design track at FIU.
Nicky Beltran, Newsletter
Day Job: Professor @ Barry University
Nicky has designed a variety of print and online material for local, regional, national, and international clients, and uses her experience to creatively inspire the students she teaches. She holds a BFA in advertising/public relations and an MFA in graphic design and has been recognized as one of the 15 Noteworthy Art Professors in Miami by the Art Career Project.
Elina Diaz, Membership Chair
Day Job: Senior Designer @ Mango Publishing Group
Elina is a print designer and illustrator with a love for typography. She holds a BFA from the University of Miami, where she concentrated on graphic design and printmaking. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new taco shops and art exhibitions.
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