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 a creative director focused on brand marketing at National Geographic Society. Prior to that she worked as an in-house creative developing brands for The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Her work is characterized for taking leading roles in branding and design by connecting design strategy with business goals and visually translating that into multiple media such as print, web, social media, digital publishing, and video. 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 background. 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, where she helped connecting donors and launching the SHINE mentoring program. As a designer interested in education and inspiring emerging designers, she has volunteered with mentoring local designers and speaking at local high schools. She has also been part of conference panels at the ASAE Springtime Expo and Annual Meeting talking about design in 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, the more exciting!

Group activity with the SHINE DC group