Professional Development Director Candidate Bio

Jessica Wilhelm, Allied ASID

Education
• Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Science; Texas State University- Major: Interior Design; Minor: Business Administration

Employment
• 2016-present – Design Specialist at Austin BMC Design Center
• September 2014-May 2016 – Designer/ Sales Assistant at ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings

ASID Activities
• 2015-2017 – Austin Design Community Chair
• 2014-2015 – Austin Design Community PR Chair
• 2015 & 2016 – Austin Design Excellence Co-Chair
• 2014 – Austin Design Excellence Committee Member
• 2015, 2016 & 2017 – Elevate Austin by Design Chair
• 2016 – ASID Texas Chapter Student Symposium Committee Member

Community/Civic Activities, Other Professional Organizations
• Chairs for Kids Project- Collaborated with other designers to design, build, and paint two chairs that were auctioned to benefit the Center for Child Protection.
• Collaborated with another designer to design and decorate a tiny home for Community First! Village in East Austin. This is a homeless community built by Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
• Texas State University Bobcat Build, Site Leader, 2013; Volunteer, 2010-13

Honors/Awards, Publications
• Moore Co. Furniture Design Competition Finalist, Honorable Mention for Smart Table, Fall 2012

Candidate Statement
The design industry is ever changing. In an effort to keep up with this evolution and our members, my two goals for the past year as Austin DC Chair have been to strengthen my board and improve current events and create new ones. As a Chapter leader, I would like to continue those goals, but on a larger scale, bringing new programs to the table and improving chapter events by reaching out to all design community representatives for input.