Emerging Leaders Group


The Emerging Leaders Group (ELG) is an open forum for Associates and Young Architects licensed up to 10 years in the field of architecture, as well as others in the design and construction industry. The group’s objective is to support individual and community development and to prepare young professionals for future leadership roles in design and the community. The goals of the ELG is to Promote involvement in the architecture profession and the community to be a foundation for professional and educational development and to provide the resources and support for interns on the path to licensure.

I became involved in ELG shortly after I moved to Tacoma through a friend that worked at a local architectural firm. The group is loosely associated with the AIA and arranges social events, professional development events and philanthropic events. Through this group I have become involved with an organization called Rebuilding Together in which ELG raised money to sponsor a home of elderly citizens to assist them in repairs & renovations and in a community lecture series about urban design called Conversations RE: Tacoma. In addition I have been involved in creating a poster for a social event at a local pub, volunteered for habitat for humanity with the group and attended sketching events. When I joined the AIA-SWW 2011 board I took over the tasks of monitoring the email, keeping the group aware of events through the email distribution list and maintaining the ELG blog – http://www.swwelg.blogspot.com/

As part of the effort to raise money to sponsor a rebuilding together home in 2011, I coordinated a fundraising event at a local bowling alley and teamed with another person to coordinate a wii tennis tournament fundraiser. I created flyers for both event, promoted them through the ELG email distribution list, recruited volunteers to join our rebuilding day effort, tracked the sponsorship money, solicited donations  and provided a list of individuals requesting donation receipts to the rebuilding organization. More info and pictures of the events can be found at these ELG blog postings:


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