Volunteer Opportunities

IIDA NE Committee Openings

Want to make the most of your IIDA membership? Join one the many IIDA New England Committees today! Extend your professional network, enhance your leadership skills, and take advantage of numerous opportunities for professional development . . .all while having a great time in support of the interior design industry!

Below is a list of our Committees and current openings. Please reach out to the appropriate individual listed to inquire. We look forward to having you be a part of our team!


Advocacy Committee

Committee Size:  4-6 (currently 2 openings)

What you’ll get:  Advance and advocate for the practice of interior design, including advocating for professional registration throughout New England

Who we’re looking for:  IIDA members that must be knowledgeable about the practice of interior design with a minimum of 5 years of professional practice.  They must also be comfortable with social media platforms. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

What you’ll do:  Maintain the social media presence of the Advocacy Committee and keep our members informed about all things related to interior design advocacy, especially in MA where two bills to establish interior design a registered profession are pending in the state legislature. Committee responsibilities include:

  • Creating a consistent Advocacy Social Media Presence on all IIDA NE channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and on our Website. Content may include promoting Advocacy events, posting legislative updates, and doing “fact-blasts”.
  • Educating those within and outside of our community regarding Interior Design efforts that directly impact Health, Safety and Welfare. With all the publications available now it can be daunting to sift through it all. This committee is the filters for our members – looking through print and web content that address professional practice issues and highlight our industry’s efforts to improve them. The committee will find insightful and informative articles to be summarized and re-posted with the original content.
  • Conduct Advocacy Research targeted at our profession. This includes developing metrics regarding membership (NCIDQ, student body, local professionals and constituency locations) and the collection of professional testimonials (interviewing current professionals regarding their experience with the existing MA bill). This research requires compiling an interview question list, approaching interviewees and performing the interviews.

Committee meets the 4th Thursday of every month at SMMA.

Email your interest to Aimee Schefano, VP of Membership at amschefano@gmail.com


Communications Committee

Committee Size: 14 (currently 2 openings)

What you’ll get: Work collaboratively with your peers to celebrate and promote all that IIDA NE and its members do throughout New England

Who we’re looking for: IIDA members that are comfortable with social media platforms of all types.  Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and/or experience with web design is a plus. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Develop & Manage Content on all IIDA NE social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Assist with monthly e-publications The Wire and The Painted Nail by writing, editing, and graphically formatting
  • Participate in the creation of the annual IIDA NE Yearbook
  • NEW: We are looking for 1-2 individuals to work with our team on creating a New Website for 2018. Experience with graphics, marketing, Member Clicks, and/or website development is strongly preferred
  • NEW: We are looking for someone to manage the IIDA NE LinkedIn Our goal is to create a different type of presence from our other social media platforms on LinkedIn. We would like to take a more educational approach, sharing in depth articles on professional development, CEU offerings, and highlighting achievements of designers in our network.

 Committee meets monthly.  Time and location TBD

Email your interest to Brittany Kane, VP of Communications at bkane@xsshotels.com


2017 & 2018 Fashion Show Committee

Committee Size:  22 (currently 1 opening)

What you’ll get:  Grow your professional network through collaboration and teamwork with one of the chapter’s largest committees as you collectively plan and execute our largest and most dynamic annual event

Who we’re looking for:  An IIDA member that must be highly-organized, motivated problem solvers, able to assess a situation quickly, identify resources, and act quickly to affect positive results

What you’ll do:  Committee responsibilities include:

Volunteer Coordinator

  • Work side-by-side with the current Volunteer Coordinator to learn the role this year
  • Assist in assembling and vetting a list of professional volunteers to work the day of the show
  • Attend show rehearsal (late Sept., after work)
  • Be on site to coordinate all volunteer activities day of show (1pm-12pm) – includes set-up, show time, and clean-up activities
  • Assume Volunteer Coordinator role for the 2018 FS committee (monthly meetings begin in February 2018)

Committee meets bi-monthly.  Tuesdays at lunchtime at Bergmeyer.

Email your interest to Stefanie Comeau, President-elect & FS Volunteer Coordinator at comeau@cbtarchitects.com


Hartford City Center Committee

Committee Size:  15 (currently 4 openings)

What you’ll get:  Be part of a close-knit design community actively promoting and supporting the practice of interior design in Connecticut.  The Hartford City Center Committee organizes and develops a full range of amazing events and programs for CT-based designers and IIDA industry members, giving committee members opportunities to contribute to the city center’s growth and build their professional network in many ways.

Who we’re looking for:  IIDA members that ideally work or live in proximity to Northern CT and share a passion for elevating interior design in the Constitution State. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

What you’ll do:  Open committee positions and responsibilities include:

Sponsorship Committee

  • Coordinate with VP of sponsorship on IIDA board of directors to ensure most current sponsorship guidelines are being met.
  • Work with the chairperson of each event to communicate appropriate sponsor levels.
  • Coordinate with graphics committee to ensure they have the most current sponsor levels.
  • Communicate with other City Center sponsorship committees to collaborate on new ideas and work to streamline operations.
  • Work with the VP of communications on IIDA board of directors for approval on communications regarding sponsorship letters.

Graphics Committee

  • Work with the chairperson of each event to generate IIDA banners and squares.
  • Work with VP of graphics on IIDA board of directors to ensure IIDA guidelines are maintained.
  • Familiarize yourself with the graphic standards for all IIDA communications.
  • Work with the Sponsorship committee to generate PowerPoint slides of sponsorship levels for all events.
  • Work with the chairperson of each event to generate required graphics (i.e. table top displays, posters, etc) to recognize companies who provided sponsorships. Must confirm; if not personally attending the event, that someone who is attending is able to print and bring material to the event.

Membership & Communications Committee

  • Work with Hartford City Center Director and VP of membership on IIDA board of directors on ways to increase membership.
  • Communicate with potential and new IIDA members to answer any questions and make new members feel welcome and involved.
  • Manage a local database of designers, students, and vendors contact information to ensure event information reaches all corners of CT for maximum awareness of IIDA events.
  • Develop a way in which members/non-members can communicate with us to provide feedback.

Philanthropy Committee

  • Work with VP of Philanthropy on IIDA board of directors and other City Centers to incorporate past successful events into the Hartford City Center and develop potential new ideas.
  • Work as the chairperson to coordinate one event per year.
  • Work with the sponsorship and graphics committee

Student Liaison

  • Must be a current student enrolled in a college with an interior design program.
  • Work with the Membership Committee and City Center Director to increase awareness of IIDA at all schools in CT offering an Interior Design Program.
  • Long-term goal of starting an IIDA student chapter at each of the schools or one unified chapter for all the schools.
  • Research high schools offering Interior Design Programs to develop a line of communication with students early in their career.
  • Be the voice of the students. Student Liaison will be responsible for communicating the needs and wants of the student population and work with the City Center director to develop new or tailor existing programs to be more beneficial to the student population.

Committee meets every other month with periodic conference calls as needed.  Time and location TBD

Email your interest to Amanda Cleveland, VP of  Hartford City Center at acleveland@silverpetrucelli.com


Membership Committee

NEW Committee Size:  4-6 (currently 6 openings)

What you’ll get:  Expand your personal network and develop personal connections with people throughout the New England design industry as part of IIDA NE’s Membership Committee.

Who we’re looking for:  IIDA members that must be outgoing, personable, and good at developing personal relationships. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Organize & run our annual Principals Round Table – identify venue & menu; arrange for speaker (topic/travel/accommodations); outreach to firms to promote attendance; coordination of invitations; attendance and participation in roundtable discussions
  • Develop and promote New Member Initiatives – outreach to firms, development of opportunities for new members; develop and distribute “welcome packets” to new members (personal calls, email correspondence and “swag”); organize and conduct quarterly new members meetings (cocktails party format) with board members
  • Plan and run our Annual Meeting – identify venue; arrange catering; set up AV; assist in badging; assist in pre-event set up; work with president and president-elect on member awards and presentations; work the badging table during the event
  • Work with our Website Task Force (part of the Communications Committee) to develop membership content for our new website, including periodic updates to content once the site has launched
  • Develop and conduct Post-event Membership Surveys – work with all events to develop survey tools to capture event feedback, identify opportunities for improvement, and continually increase the value of IIDA membership
  • Conduct Design Firm Outreach – develop bi-annual survey tools to solicit input from firms about cost vs. value of memberships & extract actionable items that will increase that value and grow membership

Committee meets monthly at Teknion or via GoToMeeting.  Regular time/day TBD.

Email your interest to Lisa DesJardins, VP of Membership at lisa.desjardins@teknion.com


Providence City Center Committee

Committee Size:  8 (currently 2 openings)

What you’ll get:  Be part of a close-knit design community actively promoting and supporting the practice of interior design in Rhode Island.  The Providence City Center Committee organizes and develops a full range of amazing events and programs for RI-based designers and IIDA industry members, giving committee members opportunities to contribute to the city center’s growth and build their professional network in many ways.

Who we’re looking for:  IIDA members that ideally work or live in proximity to Providence and share a passion for elevating interior design in the Ocean State. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

What you’ll do:  Open committee positions and responsibilities include:

Sponsorship Liaison

  • Maintain and update our City Center sponsor contact list
  • Developing our annual Providence City Center Sponsorship package, including adding new/improved benefits on an annual basis
  • Actively solicit monetary and “in-kind” sponsorships for all City Center events via email blasts, personal emails and targeted phone calls
  • Develop and implement a new feedback program for City Center event sponsors (survey tools, personal emails/calls) so that we are constantly identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Coordinate our sponsorship drive kick offs with our VP of Communications, VP of Sponsorship and chapter administrator
  • Track all responding sponsors to assist them in completing the sponsor registration process
  • Provide concierge services to all committed City Center event sponsors, assisting them in taking full advantage of their benefits
  • Work with event subcommittee volunteers to refer contacts for raffle item donations
  • Work with the liaison to the Student Affairs Committee to manage sponsors for our City Center student programs
  • Organize and run the vendor showcase at our Green RI event as part of the Green RI Subcommittee

Professional Development Liaison

  • Develop member professional education programs and conferences for the City Center
  • Plan, promote and execute one RI community professional development event per year, including securing the venue, food and beverage, speaker, and event graphics
  • Work with our Professional Development Committee to make Boston-based programs accessible to RI members (i.e. transportation, web participation, piggy-backing RI-based event with same speaker)
  • Work as part of the Green RI Subcommittee to identify and book 2 CEU programs for that event (ideally AIA, GBCI & IDCEC credits for same programs as audience is mixed). This involves coordinating AV needs and CEU paperwork.

Green RI Subcommittee Co-Chair

  • Managing venue contact/coordination
  • Event catering coordination & menu planning
  • Budget coordination with treasurers from other participating professional organizations (AIA RI & USGBC RI)
  • Pre-event walkthroughs
  • Attendance and participation at monthly event planning meetings
  • Makes name tags/badges
  • Development of event timeline/schedule
  • Coordinate and direct all “day of” activities
  • Manage all volunteers, including communication ahead of event to make assignments and receive volunteer effort updates
  • Produce and distribute agendas and minutes for all Green RI Subcommittee meetings

Design Week RI Liaison

  • Membership on Design Week RI Subcommittee
  • Attend all monthly meetings of Design Week RI Subcommittee (March – August)
  • Report back to VP of Providence City Center with opportunities for IIDA NE involvement in Design Week RI
  • Plan, promote and execute a Design Week RI IIDA NE event (develop program, identify and secure venue, develop & manage event budget, identify event sponsors)
  • Work with Communications Committee liaison to promote Design Week RI through all IIDA NE channels
  • Coordinate Design Week sponsorship

Committee meets every other month with periodic conference calls as needed.  Time and location TBD

Email your interest to Meaghan Kennedy, VP of Providence City Center at mkennedy@llbarch.com


Sponsorship Committee

NEW Committee Size:  2 (currently 2 openings)

What you’ll get:  Expand your personal network and develop your networking and PR skills as part of IIDANE’s Sponsorship Committee.  Members of this committee routinely engage with senior leaders throughout the design & construction industry.

Who we’re looking for:  IIDA members that must be personable, gracious in social settings and comfortable making cold calls. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Developing our annual Chapter Sponsorship package, including adding new/improved benefits on an annual basis
  • Administering our Annual Chapter Sponsorship drive
  • Planning and executing our annual Chapter Sponsors Ski Trip
  • Acting as a liaison between Chapter Sponsors and all IIDA NE event co-chairs
  • Providing concierge services to all Chapter Sponsors, including assisting them in taking full advantage of their benefits
  • Creating and implementing new/innovative approaches to event sponsorship throughout the year, including joint efforts with other professional association leaders
  • Maintaining and growing our chapter’s sponsor contact list through outreach and networking
  • Developing and implementing a new feedback program for Chapter Sponsors and event sponsors (survey tools, personal emails/calls) so that we are constantly identifying opportunities for improvement

Committee meets monthly at Gensler or via GoToMeeting.  Regular time/day TBD.

Email your interest to Kara Hanson, VP of Sponsorship at kara_Hanson@gensler.com


Student Affairs Committee

Committee Size: 8 (currently 2 openings)

What you’ll get:  Share what you wish someone had shared with your when you were still in school – advice and perspective on early career opportunities and decision points.   Here’s your chance to make a lasting impact on the career trajectory of current interior design students and recent graduates as a member of our Student Affairs Committee.

Who we’re looking for:  IIDA members that have been working in the design industry for at least three years, giving them perspective on early career choices and networking opportunities afforded through involvement with IIDA NE. Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about membership or call IIDA at 888.799.4432!

Committee responsibilities include:

  • Innovating, organizing and running Portfolio Day, an annual event at which students meet with 3 professionals for a 15 minute mock-interviews and observe as 3 other students present their portfolios.
  • Developing, promoting and managing our Student Mentorship Program in which students are nominated by their professors, vetted through committee interviews and paired with a professional mentor
  • Collaborate with leaders from ASID / NKBA / IFDA on our joint Career Day This event adopts a different theme each year (i.e. the business of design, technology in design, reuse and adaptive design) and includes a morning breakfast and welcome speeches, design site tours in neighborhood, a keynote address, awards presentation, and lunch with interior design professionals from each of the participating associations
  • Organizing and administering our annual Student Scholarship Competition
  • Developing new joint initiatives with ASID to promote student involvement in professional associations as an important component of their career development
  • Create new programming aimed at promoting careers in interior design to high school students throughout New England, particularly in districts where creative careers are less visible

Committee meets monthly at SGA.  Regular time/day TBD.

Email your interest to Amanda Vicari, VP of Student Affairs at avicari@sga-arch.com