The Executive & Finance Committee is responsible for the overall management of ACD. This includes determining yearly budgets for the committees, monitoring income and expenses, and establishing long-range goals (including funding strategies) to meet our strategic plan objectives and initiatives.

Committee Members
President Nikia Hill , Vice President Allie O'Neill, Secretary Heidi Schattin, Treasurer Shannon Arms, Past President Mark Matel



The Organizational Development committee is responsible for conducting annual board elections, including developing a slate of nominees to fill vacant board seats, and overseeing the elections process to ensure compliance with the ACD bylaws. The Organizational Development committee is also charged with planning for board education, leadership training and supporting organizational growth. 

Committee Members
Shannon Arms (chair), Mark MatelNikia Hill


The Communications Committee directs the web, media, branding protocols and design standards. The team is also charged with answering your questions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as posting announcements, conference campaigns, and keeping the website up-to-date.

If you have announcements you'd like us to post, please feel free to contact us.

Committee Members
Ashley Flintoff (chair), Jess BlanchNikia Hill 


The Conference Committee contributes to planning the annual ACD national conference. Committee members focus on the selection of the host city, establish partnerships with national funding sources and manage the logistical and planning aspects of holding the conference. This team works with members of the host city to realize a conference theme and plan an engaging and enlightening conference relevant to practitioners of community engaged design. 

Committee Members
Allie O'Neill (chair), Nikia HillTheresa Hwang



Community Design Research is a project being led by ACD as part of long-term research effort to understand how community design education is changing around the country, and to identify best practices in the process. ACD is currently undertaking funded Racial Justice Research. We hop to help create new networks between community design educators and program directors and, ultimately, advance the field of community design by helping to strengthen the education and training of its future leaders. 

Committee Members

Theresa Hwang (chair), Heidi Schattin, Shannon Arms, Gilad Meron (board emeritus)



The Mentorship Committee's goal is to welcome and guide practitioners new to community design. The launch of Pathways to Equity, a design leadership experience for social equity, in partnership with Open Architecture Collaborative, gives emerging practitioners an opportunity to build public interest design knowledge through interactive workshops and hands-on field experience.

Committee Members
Shalini Agrawal (chair), Ann PanopioHeidi Schattin, Mark Matel