2018-2019 Committees

Get Involved!

Looking for a way to get involved with the club? Want to network through service? Or maybe you want to volunteer your wizard-level advertising talents in a way to benefit your community? Have we got an opportunity for you!

Here’s the thing – your AAF-BR club is a 13-time AAF District 7 ″Club of the Year” winner. (P.S., We’ve also won “Club of the Year” five timesat the national level. FIVE!). And it’s because of your commitment, generosity and service.

Don’t know what you want to do? Contact any board member and get involved! Even if you just have an hour to give, we’ll help you find a way to maximize your impact.

AAF-BR Committees

ADDY® Awards

Committee Chairs:
Barb Braud
Jennifer Berthelot

This committee produces the local American Advertising Awards, or ADDY® show. Volunteer possibilities begin early fall and include developing a theme, writing and graphic design assistance for a wide range of collateral materials, creating the show concept, recruiting judges and coordinating their travel, helping with actual entry and judging coordination, developing and participating in show production and decorating for the event. The ADDY® show is traditionally held in February and is the largest undertaking of the club. Trust us, we need all the help we can get. Plus, getting involved in this committee is great way to get an up-close look at all of the great work being produced in the Baton Rouge market.

Club Communications

Committee Chairs:
Jay Watson
Kourtney Zimmerman

Are all of your ideas stuck inside the box? This committee gives you a chance to let loose and have some fun with your writing or design skills. No rules – no lawyers – no difficult clients! Join us and see how creative you can be helping manage AAF-BR’s various communications vehicles, such as the AAFBR.org website, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and more. This team also disseminates AAFBR news about club events and activities to members and the general public.

College Connection/Student Outreach

Committee Chairs:
Alex Biggs

This committee interacts with students in Baton Rouge helping to share programs and increase educational opportunities between AAF-BR and area colleges and universities. Activities include helping to maintain student AAF Chapters at LSU, and also interacting with LSU’s College of Design, Southern University students and others within our area’s prolific community and technical college system. Committee members also organize scholarship efforts, help to administrate internship programs through local colleges

Diversity/Community Outreach

Committee Chair:
Natasha Clark
Chelsea Chifici

This committee works to increase the cultural diversity of our membership on its own and by coordinating activities with other committees. Responsibilities include assisting with membership recruitment, recommending any speakers who may bring new ideas on multiculturalism to the industry, working with College Connection/Student Outreach to recognize top minority talent for entry-level positions and connecting students with the industry. This committee also seeks pro bono marketing and advertising support opportunities to minority or multi-cultural organizations serving our community.


Committee Chairs:
Jonathan Palmisano
Julia Yarbrough

This committee coordinates all club fundraising events. Since we strive to keep our membership dues at a very reasonable rate, fundraising is a very important committee helping our organization raise money to support our professional development, student outreach efforts, scholarships and more. Each year, this committee develops unique fundraising events ranging from Bowl-a-thons to art and furniture auctions. Looking to mix creativity with event planning? This committee’s for you!

Government Relations

Committee Chair:
Theresa Nguyen

Government Relations monitors legal issues surrounding the advertising industry and keeps the board and membership informed as events arise that could affect our profession, while also determining the best course of action to address the challenges. Government Relations also works to forge a deeper relationship with local and state government leaders to benefit the public profile of AAF-BR’s contributions to our area and impact on the state’s economy.

Baton Rouge Government | Louisiana Government


Committee Chairs:
James Peck

The Membership committee not only recruits new members, this team is in charge of coordinating socials throughout the year. Events include an annual kick off in early August along with an Ad Fed 101 educational event for new members. Past get-togethers have included Halloween and holiday parties, spring flings, crawfish boils and more. Serving as a volunteer for this committee also allows you to meet many of the new members and help acclimate them to the club.

Programs & Workshops

Committee Chair:
Claire Estopinal

This committee supplies our amazing speakers throughout the year. Using research, input from our members and resources from our District and National AAF organizations, this committee contacts and coordinates speaker appearances for monthly membership meetings and our workshops. The team also assists the Communications Committee in helping promote speaker engagements.