Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive social change.
Ashleigh Axios is a national board member and Executive Committee Chair for AIGA, the professional association of design.
At Automattic, a technology company on a mission to democratize publishing and commerce, Ashleigh formed and led the in-house creative agency for marketing, communications, and brand identity solutions. Prior to her role at Automattic, Ashleigh served as the creative director and a digital strategist for the Obama White House, bridging two presidential terms in the Office of Digital Strategy. She is also the president emeritus of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed DotGovDesign, an initiative connecting and empowering government designers with regular meetings, a yearly conference, and online course.
Ashleigh Axios and her work has been featured in Print, ESSENCE, HOW Design, Net, GDUSA, and Offscreen magazines as well as various online publications including: Playbook by Magic Johnson, Digital Arts Online, and The United State of Women. She was named one of GDUSA’s People to Watch, featured in Essence Magazine as one of the 29 most powerful black women in the Obama administration, and received the DCFemTech Award for being a powerful woman designer on multiple occasions.
As a regular public speaker, Ashleigh Axios often speaks about design leadership, innovating in intense environments, inclusion in design and technology spaces, design in government, and the intersection of design and culture. She has spoken at conferences including HOW, AIGA Design Conference, Hopscotch, DesignThinkers, Spikes Asia, the D&AD Festival, 3%, and 99U. She's spoken at (and with) WordCamps, AIGA chapters, AIGA student chapters, grade schools, colleges — including Wesleyan, SVA, Harvard, Parsons, RISD, and Yale — and companies counting IBM, Mattel Inc, and others.
Ashleigh is a graduate from, and an alumni advisor to, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She lives and works in Washington, DC with her husband, Nathaniel Axios, and their two cats.
May 2019 Update
Ashleigh Axios is considering her next professional endeavor.
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