Our Mission

Design is core to New York City’s identity and creative DNA. At NYCxDESIGN, our mission is to support, empower, and grow the city’s incredible design sector. Our internationally renowned Annual Design Festival, established in 2013, showcases the immense talent and diversity of the city’s designers, makers, and manufacturers, along with cutting-edge design businesses and districts, and world-class cultural and academic design institutions. The Festival attracts 300,000+ national and international visitors to the city, generating significant economic activity across the boroughs with hundreds of events about design and innovation, creativity, culture, inclusivity, sustainability, and resiliency. As a non-profit organization, NYCxDESIGN also runs an impactful year-round program increasing diversity, equitable opportunity, and inclusion within the city’s design professions. We educate the city’s young adults about design and inspire them to become the city’s designers of tomorrow.


Elissa Black, Executive Director

Valerie Hoffman, Program Director

Maya Bayram, Marketing Manager

Board of Directors

Chair – Erica Holborn, CEO, SANDOW Design Group

Treasurer – Benjamin Prosky, Executive Director, Center For Architecture / American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY)

Secretary – Elan Cole, Executive Vice President, NYC & Company

Director – Ilene Shaw, CEO, Design Pavilion

Director – Amaechi Uzoigwe, Manager, Run The Jewels

Director – Sonia Park, Vice President, New York City Economic Development Corporation


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