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 Mark Matel, Vice President Nikia Hill, Secretary Allie O'Neill, Treasurer Shannon Arms, Past President Theresa Hwang



The Board 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 Board Development committee is also charged with planning for board education and leadership training.

Committee Members
Nikia Hill (chair), Allie O'Neill, Ann Panopio, Ashley Flintoff, Mark Matel (ex officio)


The Communications Committee directs the web, media, branding protocols and design standards. We are the folks answering your questions on Facebook and Twitter, 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
Jess Blanch (chair), Ashley Flintoff, Gilad Meron, Kevin Singh, Nikia Hill, Mark Matel (ex officio)



The Conference Committee plans the annual ACD national conference. Committee members focus on selection of the host city, the establishment of local and national partnerships, and 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 all practitioners of community engaged design.

Committee Members
Allie O'Neill (chair), Theresa HwangNikia Hill, Mark Matel (ex officio)



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. We hope 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

Shannon Arms (chair), Gilad Meron, Heidi Schattin, Theresa Hwang, Mark Matel (ex officio)



The Mentorship Committee's goal is to welcome in and help guide practitioners new to community design.

Committee Members
Ann Panopio (chair), Heidi Schattin, Shalini Agrawal, Mark Matel (ex officio)