About Cecilia Cortes-Earle

Cecilia is an award-winning designer with more than 25 years of experience in the field. Early in her career she worked for ad agencies such as JWT in Peru and Maya Advertising and Communications, in Washington, DC. She currently works as the art director for the brand and marketing team at National Geographic Society. Before that sheworked in-house developing brands for the The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), and ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership.

Her work is characterized for taking leading roles in graphic design by connecting design strategy with business goals and visually translating that into multiple media such as print, Web, social media, and digital publishing. A graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and Instituto Peruano de Publicidad in Lima, Peru, Cecilia is a designer with a unique advertising knowledge. She is also an alumna of the AIGA Business Perspectives for Design Leaders at Harvard Business School.

As a leader in the design community, Cecilia served as the chair of the AIGA DC Design Continuum Fund, 2012-13. As a designer interested in education and inspiring emerging designers, she has volunteered as a mentor for SHINE, AIGA DC mentoring initiative, working one-on-one with local designers, and as a guest speaker about design to local high schools. She has also been part of educational panels at the ASAE Springtime Expo and Annual Meeting where she has talked about designing for the association industry.

Cecilia currently lives in the historic district of Mount Pleasant in Washington, DC with her husband, a political journalist, and two sons. She loves to travel and see the world. The farther away she can go, the more exciting it is!

Group activity with the SHINE DC group