Current IA Institute Board of Directors
We are a working board, each filling an important role within our volunteer organization. Elections for new board members are held every two years. Read more about our roles and responsibilities.
Amy Espinosa is an Information Architect based in Tampa, Florida. She has served the IA community since 2015 through World IA Day and in 2017 joined the board as Treasurer (Director of Operations).
Amy is working on a project to make the history and culture of Tampa visible. Her focus is on information architecture in urban environments and her interests are grounded in cultural and historical preservation as well as transportation planning and community gardening.
Grace volunteered with the Los Angeles WIAD in 2016, led WIADLA in 2017, helped with WIADLA sponsorship in 2018, then moved on as Global Executive Producer for WIAD 2019. Grace has been a UX Designer, specializing in information architecture, content taxonomy, and taxonomy for over 10 years. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UCLA, specializing in informatics. She has worked with Disney, Perficient, and now currently at PatientPop.
Amy Jiménez Márquez is the UX manager of the Alexa Personality Experience Design team at Amazon in Seattle, WA. She’s also one of the publishers of Boxes and Arrows, an online publication devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design. She’s been a design professional since the late 1990s, working in both enterprise and freelance settings. With a background in theater, Amy has been performing improvisational comedy for over 25 years, and enjoys applying improv collaboration techniques to her daily work.
Amy has been a volunteer for community-driven design events like the Information Architecture Summit for several years. She’s previously spoken at the IA Summit, Enterprise UX, Prototypes, Process and Play, and was the 2019 co-chair of the IA Conference (formerly IA Summit). She’s also actively involved with Amazon’s Diversity in Design program and facilitates design workshops for students in underserved communities.
Anita Cheng is a former cancer researcher who transitioned to user experience to help people faster. She gets usable products to the end users as quickly as possible, balancing user needs with technical feasibility. Her goal is immediate, deep impact.
She believes in information. She believes in people. She believes in technology. She believes in justice.
Anita's skills include information architecture, content inventory, user interviews, user journeys, personas, task flows, wireframes, prototyping, usability testing, HTML, CSS, jQuery, WordPress, and just plain Figuring Things Out.
The position of Director of Events is currently open. Previous director Evgeni Minchev left the position in summer 2019.
Kat King excels at projects that require careful thought about complex processes or intersecting understandings, particularly ones concerned with language or meaning. She has worked with researchers, professors, entrepreneurs, and librarians to help them understand current states, and plan and build for the future.
Read more about her projects at: www.katalogofchaos.com
Krispian Emert has over 10 years’ experience, working at all stages of the User Experience process—from strategy and conception through production and implementation. She has worked at award-winning agencies and for some of the world’s top brands, including Microsoft, Thompson Reuters, ING, and Toyota. Keen to improve the discipline of User Experience, Krispian is the Information Architecture Instructor at VFS and speaks about UX Strategy at conferences, universities, and within Vancouver’s UX community.