Elections

Election Results for 2024- 25 Position(s):
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Overview: About the AIA California Board of Directors & Election Procedures
Looking to make an impact in the architectural profession? AIA California Board of Directors members shape the direction and activities of the largest state AIA in the country. Standing for election offers a platform to lead, learn, and contribute.

AIA California leadership is comprised of two main groups, the Board of Directors and the board’s Executive Committee. Each holds different responsibility.

The Board of Directors establishes policy. With elected leaders from across the state, it is composed of: individuals who represent 21 local components, ex officio members of the Executive Committee, and members who represent California at AIA, the national level.

Implementing policy and overseeing organizational operations is the Executive Committee, which is comprised of the AIA California President, and eleven other elected members who oversee different areas such as the Vice-President of Government Relations, the Vice President of Professional Practice, and the Vice President of Climate Action. These Board Members are empowered to conduct the business of AIA CA and responsible for implementation of Board-directed policies.

For more information on AIA CA leadership roles and opportunities, contact AIA California Executive Vice President Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIA.

//2024-2025 AIA CA Election Results

AIA California is pleased to announce the newly elected officers joining the AIA California Board of Directors in 2024. (A full page with all board members will be posted on January 1 of the new year).

Thank you to all AIA California members active in the organization’s activities for their expertise, commitment, and contributions.

Board Grid Winston Thorne AIA 200x200 1
Winston L. Thorne, AIA
2024 AIA CA President
CarinaMills2023 Bw
Carina Mills, AIA
AIA CA First VP/President-elect
SujendraMishra 2023 Bw
Sujendra Mishra, AIA
Secretary/Treasurer
Darrell Rocky Rockefeller 2023 Bw
Darrell “Rocky” S. Rockefeller, AIA
VP of Professional Practice
Robert Drew Weigle 2023 Bw
Robert Drew Weigl, AIA
VP of Strategic Planning & Research
LynnSimon 2023 Bw
Lynn N. Simon, FAIA
VP of Climate Action
GingerThompson 2023 Bw
Ginger S. Thompson, AIA
VP of Academy for Emerging Professionals
Scott Gaudineer AIA Bw 200x200 1
Scott F. Gaudineer, AIA
AIA Strategic Counselor
Bw Ayyamperumal
Madhubala Ayyamperumal, Assoc. AIA
Associate Director, North
Kouassi Simon Yao Bw 200x200 1
Kouassi Simon Yao
Student Director, North

The election for all open positions will be held during the AIA CA Annual Board of Directors Meeting on Friday, November 3, 2023, virtually via Zoom.

Candidates for all offices will give a speech not to exceed 3 minutes in length.

Statements of background and philosophy will be included in the agenda packet for the AIA CA Board of Directors Meeting being held on November 3, 2023.

Accordingly, the materials will also be posted on AIA CA Basecamp approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.

Introduction
This following serves the Call for Nominations for open positions in AIA California and within AIA. Please note that there are important differences in the nominating procedures for open offices of the AIA CA and the AIA.

National Positions
To nominate candidates to represent California on AIA’s Strategic Council of Advisors, National AIA Bylaws and Rules of the Board dictate required nomination procedures. These procedures are replicated in AIA CA’s Bylaws and Rules of the Board and are repeated below.

Date of Elections
The elections will be held on Friday, November 3, 2023, virtually via Zoom, during the AIA CA Annual Board of Directors meeting.

Open Position(s) + Term(s)

Term: One year, automatically succeeding to the office of President

Current Officer: Scott Gaudineer, AIA

Staff Liaison(s): Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIA, Executive Vice President; Mirna Douet, Executive Assistant

Responsibilities:

  1. Perform all the duties of the President in his/her absence
  2. Have primary responsibility for the AIA CA Policy Book
  3. Have primary responsibility for monitoring the annual Operating Plan
  1. Co-chair the Planning and Finance Committee with the Secretary/Treasurer
  2. Serve as liaison to the Long-Range Planning Committee; work collaboratively with the VP of Strategic Planning & Research to monitor and review Long Range and Strategic plans.
  3. Serve as Ex- Officio member of the Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Committee
  4. Serve as Ex- Officio member of the Nominating Committee
  5. Serve as member of the Capitol Forum Board
  6. Participate in monthly leadership calls
  1. Coordinate leadership development efforts in support of any and all committees, task forces and working groups for the organization

Term: Two years

Current Officer: Sujendra Mishra, AIA

Staff Liaison(s): Kylie Cabral, CPA, Director of Finance; Mirna Douet, Executive Assistant

Responsibilities:

Secretary:

  1. Serve as Chair of the Procedures and Documents Committee.
  2. Act as recording and corresponding secretary, and as secretary and parliamentarian of the meetings of the Board and Executive Committee.
  3. Perform all duties required by state law of corporate secretaries; issue all notices of the AIA CA; keep its membership role; keep the AIA CA seal and affix it on such instruments as require it; sign, along with the President, all instruments and matters that require attestation, approval, or contractual commitment of the AIA CA except as otherwise provided in the AIA CA Bylaws.
  4. Monitor the activities of the AIA CA for conformance with the policies stated in the AIA CA documents.

Treasurer:

  1. Co-chair the Planning and Finance Committee with the 1st VP/President-Elect.
  2. Ensure that all member dues, contributions and assessments are collected; exercise general supervision of the AIACC’s funds and financial transactions using established procedures for their accounting.
  3. Perform all the duties required by corporate financial officers as required by state law.
  4. Serve on the Pension Plan Advisory Committee.
  5. Serve on the CACE Opportunity Fund Grant Review Committee.
  1. Participate in the leadership development in support of any and all committees, task forces and working groups related to this program.

Term:  Two years

Current Officer: Carina Mills, AIA

Staff Liaison(s): Rebekah Patterson, Asst. Director of Programs

Responsibilities:

  1. Identify emerging issues affecting the practice of architecture, develop appropriate responses and refer those responses to other AIA CA programs and committees for appropriate implementation.
  2. Coordinate programs to enhance the educational and professional development of architects at the state level and serve as primary leadership liaison to conference(s) and/or committees.
  3. Serve as chair of Professional Practice Advisory Committee (PPAC) and recruit leaders to chair subcommittees (as needed)
  4. Provide oversight of the AIA CA continuing education program.
  5. Participate in annual review of the Strategic Plan and development of the annual Operating Plan and budget.
  6. Participate in the leadership development in support of any and all committees, task forces and working groups related to this program.

Term: Two years

Current Officer: Mark Paone, AIA

Staff Liaison(s): Hillary Krek, Director of Programs

Responsibilities: 

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Work collaboratively with the President Elect, facilitate the development, and updating, of the Long Range and Strategic Plans;
  2. Recommend and comment on particular strategies and tactics in development of the Annual Operating Plan and Budget;
    • Monitor and report on the status of related strategic implementation initiatives
  3. Lead original AIA CA surveys, research, or the development of “White Papers” on issues of strategic importance;
  4. Review and comment on industry research and related surveys, reports and studies
  5. Identification, developing, and monitoring organizations, and/or partnerships that may facilitate AIA CA member service delivery and achievement of strategic goals and objectives.
  6. Participate in the leadership development in support of any and all committees, task forces and working groups related to this program.

Term: Two years

Current Officer: Bill Leddy, FAIA

Staff Liaison(s): Hillary Krek, Director of Programs

Responsibilities:

  1. Chair of CA Climate Action Committee and CA Climate Action Steering Committee
  2. Work with the program VPs and take responsibility for oversight of AIA CA efforts to advance Climate Action
  3. Marshall forces to address the rapidly changing landscape in architecture
  4. Provide AIA CA with knowledge about environmental issues and advises the Institute on environmental policy matters affecting the practice of architecture
  5. Work with local AIA components to maximize resources and build a network committed to the environment
  6. Take lead in educating and informing the design community about environmental and preservation issues

Term: Two years

Current Officer: Mandy Freeland, AIA

Staff Liaison(s):  Ashley Taylor, Program Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  1. Lead the AEP Council of Advisors (AEP COA), coordinating meetings and regular conference calls.
  1. Serve as the liaison to the AIA CA Executive Committee, responsible for reporting relevant issues of the Academy as well as current activities being pursued and insight into the life of today’s Emerging Professional.
  2. Serve as the liaison to AIA Component Executives in California (CA CACE) and to the California Architects Board (CAB) on issues relating to Emerging Professionals in conjunction with California’s Licensing Advisors.
  3. Provide oversight of the AIA CA’s annual AEP events including the AEP Summit, AEP Awards program, etc.
  4. Participate in annual review of the Strategic Plan and development of the annual Operating Plan and budget.
  1. Participate in the leadership development in support of any and all committees, task forces and working groups related to this program.

Term: Three years

Current Officers: Mary Follenweider, AIA; Brett Dougherty, AIA; Leah Bayer, AIA

Staff Liaison(s): Nicki Dennis Stephens, Hon. AIA, Executive Vice President; Mirna Douet Executive Assistant

Responsibilities:

  1. Represent the AIA CA members on the AIA Strategic Council as provided in the Institute Bylaws
  2. Consult with AIA CA officers and representatives of the chapters on issues of importance to California members
  3. Attend the AIA CA Board meetings as voting members and prepare and present reports as requested
  4. Liaison with AIA CA Executive Committee (as appropriate)
  5. Attend the two national Strategic Council meetings, including the AIA Leadership Summit and the AIA Conference on Architecture (and other virtual meetings as required
  6. Participate with AIA CA leadership and California representatives in annual planning meeting to discuss issues of national concern

Term: Two years

Current Officer: Ali Rafieetari, Assoc. AIA

Staff Liaison(s): Ashley Taylor, Program Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  1. Represent California on the AIA National Associates Committee, attend the fall meeting and carry the AIA CA proxy.
  1. Participate with AIA CA leadership and California representatives in annual planning meeting to discuss issues of national concern.
  2. Outreach with collateral organizations representing associate members.
  3. Participate as a member of the Academy for Emerging Professionals Council of Advisors, attend all meetings, and serve on subcommittees as designated
  4. Serve on the AIA CA Board of Directors.

Term: Two years

Current Officer: Ginger Thompson, AIA

Staff Liaison(s): Ashley Taylor, Program Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as liaison between AIA CA and organizations of the Associate members, including Associate Directors in each of the 21 local AIA components in California
  2. Coordinate and attend the AEP Summit (forum for local component EP leaders)
  3. Act as full voting member of the Board during the second year of the two-year term; prepare and present reports to the Board, vote at Board meetings, provide leadership and continuity in identifying and implementing nationwide Associate goals
  4. Serve on the Academy for Emerging Professionals (AEP) Council of Advisors, attend all meetings, and serve on subcommittees as designated
  5. Shall be an Associate member at the time of election

Term: Two years

Current Officers: Drishti Bajla, AIAS

Staff Liaison(s): Ashley Taylor, Program Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as liaison between AIA California and the AIAS
  2. Serve as liaison to the California schools of architecture and Emerging Professionals in the promotion of the Paul W. Welch, Jr. ARE Scholarship
  3. Provide leadership and continuity in identifying and implementing statewide student goals
  4. Vote at Board meeting in the second year of a two-year term
  1. Act as full voting member of the Board during the second year of the two-year term; prepare and present reports to the Board, vote at Board meetings, provide leadership and continuity in identifying and implementing student goals
  1. Provide outreach to local schools of architecture and AIAS chapters and as such is charged with maintaining the Student Chapter Database.
  2. Shall be a student member at the time of election

Elections

AIA California elections are held annually, in November, with nominations for open positions due 90 days prior. Candidates may also be nominated from the floor. Any AIA California member in good standing is eligible for election.

Nomination Submittals – General Information (All Positions)

  • Nominees must be AIA CA members in good standing and be able to attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings.
  • Nominations letter(s) from an AIA CA member in good standing, which includes a statement in support of the candidate, must be received on original letterhead with signature by the posted deadline of 5:00pm on Monday, September 18, 2023.
  • To facilitate receipt of nomination letters by the deadline, a copy may be submitted via email to: mdouet@aiacalifornia.org with the original to follow by mail.
  • Nominations for any office not received by the posted deadline must be made from the floor (virtually) by 2/3 vote of the AIA CA Board of Directors on Friday, November 3, 2023, at the Annual Meeting.

Submission Requirements

  • No later than Friday, October 6, 2023, candidates must provide the following items via email to mdouet@aiacalifornia.org:
    • A 100-word (maximum) summary of the candidate’s background, education, professional history, and service to the professions.
    • A 200-word (maximum) summary of the candidate’s philosophy, goals, and objectives in serving in this office.
    • E-photos: please save as a 300 dpi, average size is 2”x3”, in either jpeg or png.
    • Candidates are also permitted to submit a letter of support for their nomination from any individual, AIA member or otherwise. This letter shall not be longer than 2 pages in length, including letterhead. Letters exceeding this requirement will not be accepted.
      • Letters meeting this requirement will be included in the Board of Directors agenda packet posted on Basecamp for the Annual Board of Directors Meeting on Friday, November 3, 2023.
      • Letters will not be published on the AIA CA’s website, nor will they be included in the Relevance

Nomination Submission Requirements for AIA CA Offices

  • One nomination letter from an AIA CA member in good standing.
    • This letter should include a statement in support of the candidate.

Nomination Submission Requirements for AIA Strategic Council Representative Position

  • The nomination process for AIA Strategic Council Representative is different from the process required for the AIA California open positions. The nomination may be by one of two methods:
    • By a petition of signatures of at least ten (10) AIA California members in good standing; or
    • By resolution of any California Chapter’s Executive Committee or Board of Directors.

Elections Procedures

  • The nominees for the 2024 open positions will be verified by the AIA CA Secretary/Treasurer.
  • Qualifying nomination packages will then be forwarded to AIA CA Communications for publication on the AIA CA website and in the newsletter.
  • The election for all open positions will be held during the AIA CA Annual Board of Directors Meeting on Friday, November 3, 2023, virtually via Zoom.
  • Candidates for all offices will give a speech not to exceed 3 minutes in length.
  • Statements of background and philosophy will be included in the agenda packet for the AIA CA Board of Directors Meeting being held on November 3, 2023. Accordingly, the materials will also be posted on AIA CA Basecamp approximately two weeks prior to the meeting.

For more information on the roles and responsibilities of the open offices, please contact AIA CA Executive Assistant, Mirna Douet at (916) 642-1712 or mdouet@aiacalifornia.org.

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