About Cecilia Cortes-Earle

Cecilia is an award-winning designer with more than 20 years of experience in the field. Early in her career she worked for large ad agencies such as JWT in Peru and Maya Advertising and Communications, in Washington, DC. Most recently, she has worked as an art director at several international nonprofit and educational organizations in the Washington, DC area, such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP), and ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership most recently. She has taken leading roles in graphic design and connecting design strategy with business goals by visually translating that into multiple media such as print, Web, social media, and digital publishing. A graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology and Instituto Peruano de Publicidad in Lima, Peru, Cecilia is a graphic designer with a unique advertising and marketing 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 an AIGA DC board member by chairing the Design Continuum Fund, 2012-13. As a designer interested in education and inspired by mentoring emerging designers, she has volunteered as a mentor for SHINE, AIGA DC mentoring initiative, working one-on-one with emerging 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 Mt. Pleasant in Washington, DC with her husband, a political journalist, and their son. She is a DIY enthusiast and 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