Press Release: Design Museum Foundation Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors


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Design Museum Foundation Welcomes New Members to its Board of Directors

Four new board members and new board officers sworn in.

October 19, 2018 — Design Museum Foundation, a national non-profit design museum with branches in Boston, Portland, and San Francisco, is excited to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors, as well as this term’s Board Leadership.

New Board Members:

Leila Mitchell, Creative Director & Founder, LLM Design

Scott Stropkay, Partner, Essential Design

Matt Templeton, Senior Director of Innovation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

George White, Chief Innovation Officer, Cantina


New Board Officers:

Matt Edlen, Board Chair and Director of Acquisitions and Development, Gerding Edlen

Lauren Jezienicki, Vice Board Chair and Senior Vice President, Bozzuto Development Company

Ashley Welch, Board Secretary and Co-founder, Somersault Innovation

George White, Board Treasurer and Chief Innovation Officer, Cantina


“We are thrilled to grow our Board and to welcome Leila, Scott, Matt, and George to the group, four people who have been involved with the Design Museum in different respects for many years” said Sam Aquillano, Executive Director of the museum. “Combined with our newly elected Board leadership,  we see many opportunities for increasing our impact.”

“I’ve been a supporter of Design Museum since day one and am excited to be the first Portland-based Board Chair,” said Matt Edlen. “We are continuing to build momentum off one of the most pivotal years in the organization’s history – exploring new ways to craft and enhance our community’s experience, unlocking greater philanthropic opportunities, increasing awareness and value of the museum’s identity, and elevating the conversation of design thinking across the country.”

For more information and to read biographies of each Board Member, visit: