Ashleigh Axios is an international speaker, strategic creative, and an advocate for design's ability to break barriers and create positive social change. She is Chief Experience Officer and a Partner at &Partners, a DC-based digital consultancy and design studio working on wicked problems. She is a national board member and President Elect for AIGA, the professional association of design. Axios formed and led the in-house creative agency for marketing, communications, and brand identity solutions at Automattic, a technology company on a mission to democratize publishing and commerce. Prior to her role at Automattic, she served as the creative director and a digital strategist in the Obama White House. She is a past president of AIGA Washington D.C., where she formed DotGovDesign, an initiative connecting and empowering government designers.