Jeff is the prototypical first-generation information architect: balding, bearded, and bespectacled, with a belly, ukulele, and fetish for the mid-century modern. Happily, today’s IAs are a more diverse group, but that’s not by accident.
Jeff has attended and presented at five IA Summits (sessions, roundtables, and posters) and has served on the curation committee for six Summits. He was part of the original working group that lead to the Summit’s Code of Conduct and was an active promoter of the Summit as a safe, diverse, inclusive event.
Jeff has been involved in planning other industry events as well, notably World IA Day’s Washington DC celebration that he co-chaired from 2015 – 2018, helped organize in 2014, and now supports as an Advisory Council member. Jeff is proud that the DC celebration has been among the most diverse and representative WIAD celebrations anywhere (attendees, speakers, organizers, and volunteers); again, not by accident.
Jeff’s goal is to work in lockstep with his co-director, Michael Hardy, the IAC co-chairs, and the IAI chairs to help make IAC19 the most welcoming, inclusive, and safe event of its kind. But, achieving this goal will be a collaborative process relying on the entire IA community, especially anyone that feels marginalized or is part of an underrepresented group.