Ilene Shaw

Co-Founding Director, President

Ms. Shaw has devoted her career to the advocacy of good design. A design marketing consultant who conceived of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Shaw worked closely with GLM Shows in the development of the ICFF and Accent on Design, and leads GLM’s initiative Sustainability: Design for a Better World through exhibitions and a seminar series. She has furthered her work in ‘green’ development with a new product line of ecological™ cleaning products for Pure Environment™. Shaw brings her industry expertise to clients such as Clodagh Design International, directing licensing, new business and communications. Shaw & Co! Productions has produced a variety of art, design, and corporate marketing events and has a diverse international clientele that includes Credit Suisse, Biogen Idec, Material ConneXion, Relais & Chateaux, Baldinger Lighting, The Artful Home and the United Nations Environmental Programme. Shaw serves on the Board of Trustees for DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and is a member of the Events Committee representing the Home Design industries for The Fashion Group International. She was Executive Director for the Worldesign Foundation, an IDSA initiative advocating ‘design thinking’ pedagogy for grades K-12.

Nancy Thiel

Co-Founding Director, Vice President

Ms. Thiel is owner of Thiel Design, an architecture and interior design firm based in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Her firm focuses on hospitality, product and residential design. Prior to starting her own firm, she worked for Rockwell Group, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects and Michael Graves Architects. She has worked on a wide range of project types including hotels and restaurants, high end retail and theaters, condominiums and shopping centers, as well as residential projects and product design. Included among her clients are Bryant Park Corporation, Wildlife Conservation Society, Disney, ING, Cirque du Soleil, The Related Companies, Movado, Bentley Prince Street, Gotham Bar and Grill, B.R. Guest and Morgans Hotel Group. A graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, Ms. Thiel is a registered architect, a member of the AIA and a LEED accredited professional.

Brian Maloney

Co-Founding Director, Secretary

Brian Maloney currently serves as a Managing Director for Ogilvy Public Relations (OPR) U.S. Brand Marketing Practice for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Grohe, LG and American Express. Prior to rejoining OPR, Maloney was founder and co-CEO of Maloney & Fox, a creative consumer powerhouse for more than 15 years, promoting design in New York City. Maloney led programs including I Saloni Worldwide at the Piers featuring Gaetano Pesce; design-related events sponsored by Peroni and work with David Rockwell and The Rockwell Group. His agency was recognized with nearly 100 consumer marketing and PR awards, including “Small Agency of the Year, 2010″ from the Bulldog Reporter Awards and one of “Top 50 Best Firms to Work for in New York” from Crain’s New York. Since 2005, Maloney has held an Official Proclamation for New York Design Week from Mayor Bloomberg.

Emanuela Frattini Magnusson

Director, Treasurer

Ms. Frattini Magnusson is founder and principal of EFM Design, an international award-winning multidisciplinary practice that spans architecture, interiors, product design, brand development, and graphics. Notable projects include the Aqua townhouse development in Miami, retail concepts for Russell Athletic, offices and showrooms for Knoll International, various art galleries and studios, a Times Square hotel and restaurant, a feasibility study to expand The Wolfsonian Museum in Miami, and a variety of residential projects in the United States and Europe, including the renovation of a Frank Lloyd Wright House. In addition, she is founder and principal designer of Articolo, a collection of high-quality European-produced furniture, of Manù, an online high end leather good retail company, and creative director of Spinneybeck Leather. Her Propeller Collection of tables for Knoll has been a bestseller since its introduction in 1994 and has won numerous awards, including the IDEA Award in Business Week and her collection of accessories is licensed exclusively to the Museum of Modern Art. She has served as a visiting faculty member at Parsons School of Design and Yale University School of Architecture. She has been a regular contributor to several Italian magazines, including Domus, Casa Vogue, and Abitare. Her architectural and design work has been widely published, including articles in The New York Times, Metropolis, ID Magazine, and Metropolitan Home and numerous books. Trained in architecture at the Milan Politecnico, she also holds an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is a Registered Architect in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as the Ordine degli Architetti di Milano in Italy, and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional

Michael Ventura


Mr. Ventura founded creative agency Sub Rosa (formerly Seed) in 2005, focusing the firm’s efforts on creating innovative and interactive advertising. Sub Rosa’s clients include: Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, L’Oreal, Mountain Dew, Pepsi Cola, Sony Music, Diesel Fragrances, Axe (Unilever), MSN, Vespa, Estée Lauder, and others.

Before founding his own companies, Michael was the Creative Producer for HNW, a high-net-worth media agency, developing advertising and collateral campaigns for clients such as Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments. In addition, Michael has served as a media consultant for companies like New York University, Danilo Black, BMG, Ziff-Davis and American Media.

Michael sits on the advisory boards for several organizations and businesses including Behance, Mark Ecko’s Sweat Equity Enterprises, the United Nation’s-based New York AIDS Film Festival, and the international cause-related youth advocacy organization FYI: Film Your Issue. He has also spoken on several panels and conferences regarding the role of creative design in advertising and the media. In addition, he serves as a judge for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmy Awards and several advertising and design awards.

Beth Swanström


Beth Swanström is the owner of Galerie Swanström in New York City and the creator, producer, director of ArtScout MEDIA. As a gallerist she has received accolades in Architectural Digest, Art New England, The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, The Harvard Crimson Review, and others. As a filmmaker she produces videos to promote design education in public schools, as well as illustrating the art and design world through inspired, informative and creative short documentaries. She is a member of New York Women in Film & Television, and an advocate and avid fundraiser for Stoked Mentoring. Beth is a graduate of Endicott College and Boston University’s School of Social Work and holds a Certificate in Television and Broadcast Production from New York University.

Nell Daniel, PhD

Executive Director, Operation Design

Dr. Daniel is an educator and nonprofit innovator who believes that imagination and creativity are infinite sources of power and resilience for teens. She sees an urgent need for creative thinking in nonprofits working on the front lines of poverty and social justice. Nell has worked as a founder and executive at museums, schools, and national nonprofits for over 20 years and served on RISD’s Board of Trustees for 6 years. She has a track record of creating nationally recognized education programs, exceeding revenue and marketing goals, and leading organizations to thrive in an increasingly competitive market. Nell’s work has been featured in media such as the Today Show, the New York Times, Fast Company, Cookie, Surface, Scholastic, and the Financial Times. She has been invited to speak on corporate social responsibility, nonprofit innovation, design and education at the Aspen Institute, AIGA Gain, M50, IDEO and other conferences and colleges nationwide. She has a BFA from RISD, an MA in Arts Administration/Nonprofit Management from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD from NYU.