Mission

LA Design Festival seeks to shine a spotlight on our city as a global design capital. A collaborative collective of diverse individuals and organizations across all design disciplines that make up the creative economy of California, LA Design Festival is truly a citywide creative celebration.

 


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  • LA Design Festival Team

    Each year, a dedicated team of volunteers work together to bring the LA Design Festival to life.


     

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    Abby Stone

    Former talent agent and film producer turned freelance writer, journalist and blogger Abby Stone curates the programming for the La Brea Design District. She covers trends, design, personalities, food, social media, television and film, travel and technology for numerous online and print publications.

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    Jessica McCormack

    DTLA arts and culture communications maven Jessica McCormack curates programming for the DTLA Design District. She has held a wide range of roles in the art world working with institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art and artists such as Jeff Koons and Christian Eckart.

  • EmilyNerad

    Emily Nerad

    Emily Nerad heads up programming for the Culver City Design district. Secret agent, brand matchmaker, creative marketing consultant, former New Yorker turned LA booster, carbmonger and crime television enthusiast, Emily came from the world of fashion and now brings her energy and expertise to all things design.

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    Alexis Readinger

    Texan native, architect, designer, and Chinatown booster, Alexis Readinger curates the 6th annual Chinatown Design Night and LA Design Festival closing night party. She is the founder of Preen, an architecture and design studio that has been creating hospitality spaces around the world and here in LA since 2005.

  • Kate Stewart

    Kate is a seasoned event planner, expert relationship builder, and talent lightning rod. She helps us with sponsorship and partnership efforts, specifically helping us create the first-ever LA Design Festival guide, Design, etc.

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    Paul Valentine

    Paul Valentine is the founder of INTRO NY and INTRO LA, hyper-curated independent design shows in LA and New York, as well as smallpond, an agency for a diverse range of companies producing modern and contemporary designs suitable for commercial and residential environments. He’ll be leading up programming for the Silver Lake Design District, surrounding INTRO LA.

  • ChristineJoo

    Christine Joo

    Christine Joo wears many hats as a designophile, social media maven, photographer and professional wanderluster. Her career in communications began on the side of traditional print journalism, but she’s since turned to the other side of the creative spectrum as a design publicist for Secret Agent PR.

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    Lisa Rosenbaum

    Geek at heart and in love with all things Javascript, Lisa Rosenbaum is a web application developer. As a software professional, Lisa has worked on several web applications and particularly loves working with creative designers. As a foodie, she thinks Los Angeles is the best city in the world and plans to try out every Korean BBQ restaurant.

  • Janina Lovern

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    Janina is a seasoned art director and designer. She learned how to art direct and design at some of Los Angeles’ best advertising and design agencies. Now, she is the owner of tinyshinyrobots, a full service boutique design shop, in Pasadena, CA.

  • Board of Directors

    Our Board of Directors  consists of diverse industry leaders who provide strategic support and guidance.


     

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    Frances Anderton

    Frances Anderton is a design journalist, author, and curator. She hosts KCRW’s DnA: Design & Architecture show, writes regularly about design for a number of national media titles, and curates acclaimed exhibitions for cultural institutions.

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    Amanda Dameron

    Amanda Dameron is the Editor in Chief of Dwell Magazine and Executive Vice-President of Content at Dwell Media. In 2014 the Huffington Post called Amanda “one of the most influential voices in the world of modern design.”

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    Gloria Gerace

    Gloria Gerace provides strategic planning and management to museums and cultural institutions. She also serves as Managing Director of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California.

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    Michael Sylvester

    Co-Founder

    Michael is the President of Flux Inc, a strategic consultancy focused on design and marketing and is co-founder of the LA Design Festival. Michael trained as an architect and has served as a guest speaker at architecture and design schools and museums.

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    Haily Zaki

    Co-Founder

    Haily Zaki is a design publicist and erstwhile blogger. She is co-founder of the LA Design Festival, chief operative of Secret Agent PR, and co-founder of design east of La Brea (de LaB).