Sep 26, 2023 By Laura Botham
Meet the 2023-2024 IIDA Foundation Trustees
Our new slate of trustees are dedicated to nurturing our design community through philanthropic endeavors
By Laura Botham Sep 26, 2023
Published in Articles

IIDA is excited to announce the 2023-24 IIDA Foundation Trustees, a dynamic group of accomplished leaders in the commercial interior design industry who are committed to fostering an innovative and inclusive design community.

The trustees work in collaboration with IIDA to administer and manage the work of the IIDA Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit philanthropic organization with a mission to drive innovation and advancements in the commercial interior design field. The foundation seeks to make a meaningful impact through supporting grants and funding opportunities, and continued support of education, research, and outreach opportunities.

"I'm deeply humbled and honored by the vote of confidence from the IIDA Board of Directors and the organization executives to be this year’s IIDA Foundation Chair. This role allows me to lead and guide the Foundation's impactful initiatives, driving positive change and advancements in the field of commercial interior design. Taking the reins at this time is made a lot easier by the groundwork laid by our immediate Past Chair, Tara Headly, who has been an incredible leader and we are forever grateful for her contributions and legacy. The Foundation Trustees is a group of innovators that I have admired for years, serving next to them brings me great confidence in our future. The opportunity to collaborate with passionate professionals and make a lasting impact to continue innovating and building an inclusive design community fills me with a profound sense of purpose and fulfillment."

Gilbert Broco, IIDA, 2023-2024, IIDA Foundation Chair

Gilbert Broco, IIDA | 2023-2024 Chair
Market President, Tampa Bay, CI Group (Corporate Interiors)
IIDA Central Florida Chapter

Gilbert Broco was born and raised in Puerto Rico and graduated in 2002 with a BA in Environmental Design Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico. He worked in architecture as well as interior and furniture design for several years, becoming NCIDQ Certified and a Florida licensed Interior Designer in 2006. He has been with the CI Group for over 12 years, where he is the market president for Tampa Bay, and previously served as COO. Broco is currently the Past President for the IIDA Central Florida Chapter, and 2023-2024 Foundation Board Chair, and a member of the USF Leadership and Innovation Forum of Tampa. His objective is to always create a harmonious work environment centralized in the health and well-being of people’s lives.


Jon Otis, IIDA | 2023-2024 Chair-Elect
Principal and Creative Director, O|A Object Agency
IIDA New York Chapter

Jon Otis is the founder and principal of Object Agency (OIA), a multidisciplinary design studio and design strategy agency, whose work ranges from interior architecture and design, exhibition design, branding and visual communications, product design, web/media design, and strategic consulting. OlA clients have included: Sundance Channel, Nike/ESI Design, General Motors, Mercedes NA, Corning Museum of Glass, Vitra Design Museum, Bentley Mills, and various residences for private clients. Otis is also a tenured professor at the Pratt Institute where he has taught for 20 years.


Tara Headley, IIDA | 2023-2024 Immediate Past Chair
Senior Interior Designer, IA Interior Architects (Atlanta)
IIDA Georgia Chapter

Tara Headley is an award-winning interior designer, currently specializing in corporate workplace environments at IA Interior Architects in Atlanta. She graduated with a B.F.A, and a subsequent M.F.A. in Interior Design, both from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Headley is also an educator at her alma mater, Savannah College of Art and Design, teaching interior design courses. Mentorship and guiding the next generation of interior designers is a privilege she enjoys and encourages others to seek. Born and raised on the island of Barbados, she proudly represents her Caribbean heritage through her love of bright colors and bold patterns in her personal design aesthetic.


George Bandy, Jr. | 2023-2024 Trustee
President, Chief Sustainability Officer, Darling Fibers
IIDA Georgia Chapter

George Bandy, Jr. is a global leader of sustainability, ESG, and circularity with over 25 years of experience. Bandy provides insight on the concept and practice of sustainability and believes that looking at opportunities to position environmental, economic and socially responsible solutions for customers can set the standard for other businesses to follow that will result in a brighter future for us all. He has served as Head of Worldwide Circular Economy at Amazon, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer at Mohawk, VP of Sustainability at Interface, and has served on the Board of Directors for Green Business Certification, Inc, (GBCI), IIDA, and the U.S. Green Building Council.


Michelle Boolton, Ind. IIDA | 2023-2024 Trustee
Industry Vice President, A&D
Kimball International
IIDA Ohio/Kentucky Chapter

Michelle Boolton is the Vice President of A&D at Kimball International, where she holds responsibility for the company's sales efforts, brand recognition, and reputation in the Architecture and Design community. As a passionate leader and lifelong student of design, she served as a Director on the International Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) Board for four years. In addition to her extensive experience in the design and contract furniture industry, Boolton recently obtained her MBA in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati Lindner School of Business. This educational investment further demonstrates her expertise and knowledge in the areas of brand strategy, marketing, and business development, all of which are critical components of her role as Vice President of A&D at Kimball International.


Krystal Lucero, IIDA | 2023-2024 Trustee
Senior Interior Designer, Edwards + Mulhausen Interior Design
IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter

Krystal Lucero, IIDA, is an NCIDQ-certified and senior interior designer at Edwards + Mulhausen Interior Design in Austin, Texas. She is a registered interior designer in the state of Texas, and has 18 years in the industry with a focus on higher education and healthcare. Lucero received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Stephen F. Austin State University. She believes in the importance of mentoring and advocating for the design profession. She has served in leadership roles in the IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter and was rewarded with Chapter and City Center Volunteer of the Year awards for her service. In 2018, she was honored to serve on the CIDQ task force in updating the definition of Interior Design, and she currently serves on the SFA Interior Design External Advisory Board and VP of Public Relations for Texas Association for Interior Design.


Angie Lee, FIIDA, AIA | 2023-2024
Trustee SVP, Head of Interior Design, Pembroke
IIDA New York

A registered architect in New York, Angie Lee leads an award-winning interiors practice, providing strategic vision and oversight for interior environments across a wide range of scales in both commercial and residential project types. With over 28 years of experience, Lee uses a multifaceted approach that integrates emotional design narrative, technical precision, and artistic intuition in her work. Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in the Midwest by parents who promoted science and music, Lee continues to meld art and technology in her approach to architecture and interior design.

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