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New Executive Director for AIA San Mateo County

Posted May 6, 2014 12:00 AM by René Peraza     5 comments

I’m excited about joining the AIASMC as Executive Director. Because I know Martha D’Amico personally, I cannot replace her — simply succeed her.

As you may know, I’ve worked closely with the Chapter’s leadership over these past two-and-a-half years on the various communications and event announcements. Although a Graphic Designer by education and trade, I’ve worked in tandem with [and for] Architects for over fifteen years (CSS Architecture, Bartos Architecture), and have a genuine interest in your honorable trade; to me, the world of communication design and architectural space seem intrinsically paired.

Not bashful in public advocacy, I’ve been a recurring speaker at Chabot College’s Introduction to Graphic Design Careers lecture series, as well as on-camera narrator with the State of California’s STAR testing process training video. I’ve also worked for non-profit organizations, such as the Midpeninsula Citizens for Fair Housing, and the National Benevolent Association (Serra Residential Center, in Fremont, California), and understand the need for advocacy and community support for the greater good.

I vow to bring the Chapter a sense of energy towards generating an engagement within our membership, emerging professionals and potential members. My door will always be open and available to you for anything I can be of service with — don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.


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    Reader Comments
    From: Leticia SooHoo
    08/29/14 08:48 AM
    Hi Rene,

    Thank you for all your help so far. I look forward to meeting you in person in the future.
    From: Fran Cesarone
    07/03/14 03:29 PM
    design awards
    Dear Rene,
    Congratulations on your new position!
    I exchanged emails with Martha a few months ago regarding the 2014 design awards. Our member architect, Robert Sauvageau, has a project to submit. Do you have an update as to when we will be notified regarding submission details? We don't want to miss this!
    Thank you,
    Fran Cesarone
    RYS Architects
    (415) 841-9090
    From: Wendy Young
    05/06/14 09:57 PM
    My phone is always open to you Rene! I have been the ED for AIA Redwood Empire for eight years. Our chapters are similar in size and our challenges seem greater without support. Please call me if I can be of any assistance to you. Sometimes just sharing the frustrations, the answer will appear. Oh, and there will be many! Embrace them! Looking forward to meeting you.
    From: Paul J. Gumbinger, FAIA
    05/06/14 07:41 PM
    Congratulations Rene on becoming the new Executive Director of AIASMC.
    All the best to you,
    Paul J. Gumbinger, FAIA
    Founding President
    From: ken kornberg
    05/06/14 07:26 PM
    We are so glad to have you with us. I am sure it will be a wonderful experience for everyone who cares deeply about the chapter

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