Call for interest: 2019–2021 IxDA Board of Directors


The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) is accepting nominations to the 2019–2021 IxDA Board of Directors.

As a volunteer-led and supported organization with no paid membership and largely virtual operations, IxDA relies on leadership emerging directly from the 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 Wednesday, 31 October 2018, at 11:59 pm EST.

About IxDA

Chartered as a 501©(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. The community of interest is growing at an amazing pace. This growth reflects the increasing importance of and attention given to interaction design worldwide. In its fourteen 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 IxDA members who serve as leaders for IxDA globally. There is an engaged community of interest to tap into, and so much more we could be doing. We need your leadership and vision to keep the spirit of the organization alive and and support its ability to provide platforms for the community to gather on and advance the discipline of interaction design together.

Current members of the IxDA Board include Alok Nandi (President), Kevin Budelmann (Vice President), Boon Chew (Secretary), Michelle Berryman (treasurer), Birgit Geiberger Boersma, Katja Forbes, Brenda Laurel, and Niklas Mortensen.


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 are responsible for one or more major IxDA initiative, such as events, education, communications and global coordination of regional and local leaders.

Open positions

There is one eligible Board position open for the upcoming term. Boon Chew will complete his term and retire from the Board effective 8 February 2019.

Alok Nandi will serve an exceptional fifth year so that he may complete a two year term in the role of President.

Michelle Berryman, Birgit Geiberger Boersma and Kevin Budelmann each have an additional year to serve in their current term.

Each new Director’s term is two years with the opportunity to take on a second consecutive term. New Directors selected to join the IxDA Board will serve through February 2021, including an orientation with current Directors, as Directors Elect, through February 2019.

Roles and responsibilities

The Director role requires the following commitment:

  • Average of 5 hours/week attending to IxDA business
  • Participation in a 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 (travel & accommodation covered)
  • Attend the Board of Director’s annual retreat at the Interaction conference (registration, travel & accommodation covered)

Key Dates


  • 2 Oct: Call for nominations open
  • 31 Oct: Nominations close
  • w/o 5 Nov: Shortlisting candidates
  • w/o 12 Nov: Candidate interviews
  • 30 Nov: New directors notified


  • 1–2 Feb: Annual Board retreat prior to Interaction 19
  • 8 Feb: New Board presented during Interaction 19

Decision Process

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

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 member will be notified by 30 Nov. 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 19.


Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, 31 October at 11:59 pm EST. You may nominate yourself or someone else:


Do you have questions or feedback about the the nomination process or current Board? Please contact us here: