Designers Accord founder and Executive Director, Valerie Casey, leads the strategic vision and daily operation of the organization, with the help of a group of advisors: Allan Chochinov Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts. He is the editor-in-chief of,, and Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, NYU, University of Minnesota, RIT, and RMIT. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compostmodern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Allan has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Pratt Institute since 1995, and graduate classes at the School of Visual Arts since 2007. In 2012, he will launch a new graduate design MFA program in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, focusing on the purposeful, systemic role of artifacts and design offerings in multidisciplinary contexts. Clement Mok Clement Mok is a designer, digital pioneer, software publisher/developer, author, and design patent holder. Mok, a former creative director at Apple, founded multiple successful design-related businesses – Studio Archetype, CMCD and NetObjects. He was the Chief Creative Officer of Sapient, and the president of AIGA. Currently, he consults for Sapient and other Fortune 500 companies on a variety of design planning and user experience projects. Mok has been published internationally and has received hundreds of awards from professional organizations and publications including I.D. 40 most influential designers, and Chief Executive Magazine, which named him 1998’s Tech 100 CEOs. He also serves on the advisory boards of numerous technology companies, colleges, and non-profit organizations. Jennifer van der Meer Jennifer is a strategist and activist focused on developing sustainable relationships between people, products and brands. Formerly a Wall Street Analyst, Jennifer has held executive management roles at Organic, Frog Design, and Fahrenheit 212 , and has served as a consultant to companies such as GE, General Mills, MTV, Interface Inc., Disney, Chase, Nestle, Motorola, Toyota, and Coca Cola. By day, Jennifer works on brand collaboration communities with Drillteam and is an Adjunct Professor teaching sustainable design at NYU ITP. By night, she serves on the boards of o2NYC and the Designers Accord, writes for several green design blogs, and lives the West Village of New York City.  Jennifer received her BA in comparative religion from Trinity College, and received her MBA from HEC in Paris. Lynelle Cameron Lynelle Cameron is Director of Sustainability at Autodesk. Lynelle’s vision is to simplify and democratize sustainable design. By providing intelligent software tools that enable millions of Autodesk users to make smarter, more sustainable design decisions, Lynelle hopes to transform how we are designing the world around us. Previously, Lynelle spent seven years building a social and environmental responsibility program at Hewlett Packard, and another seven years in the nonprofit sector. Lynelle is on the Board of Directors of the Biomimicry Institute and the Advisory Board of Net Impact, a network of 10,000 MBA students interested in sustainable business. Nathan Shedroff Nathan Shedroff is the chair of the ground-breaking MBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco, CA. This program prepares the next-generation of innovation leaders for a world that is profitable, sustainable, ethical, and truly meaningful. Nathan is a pioneer in experience design, interaction design, and information design, speaks and teaches internationally, and is a serial entrepreneur. He holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School and a BS in Industrial Design from Art Center College of Design. His many books include: Experience Design 1.1, Making Meaning, Design is the Problem, and the upcoming, Make It So. Paul Hawken Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.

Former Advisory Board Members

Marc Alt (07-09) Marc Alt is a design leader who has dedicated his career to connecting design, technology and ecology. He has been an advisor to companies such as BMW, MINI USA and Ogilvy Earth and is actively involved in a number of urban mobility and smart cities initiatives. Marc lectures internationally and presents workshops on living systems, resiliency, ecological design and ancestral knowledge. He is editor and founder of Open Source Cities, an idea marketplace for the future of cities. Tim Brown (07-09) Tim Brown is the CEO and president of IDEO. Tim speaks regularly on the value of design thinking and innovation to business and design audiences around the world. Since 2006, he has participated in and presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos. An industrial designer by training, his own work has earned him numerous design awards and has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London. Tim has a special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the wellbeing of people living in emerging economies.