6x2 Founder Grid, 1800x 01a The 2021 Board of Directors strives to continue the legacy of the organizations founders 50 years after NOMA's genesis.

Leadership

2021 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Jason Pugh – President

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Jason Pugh, AIA, AICP, NOMA, LEED AP, is the 2021-2022 President of the National Organization of Minority Architects. He is a Senior Associate Architect and Urban Designer at Gensler’s Chicago office. He is a licensed architect and certified planner. He manages a variety of projects which engage the extended community and end-users, following projects from schematic community-based master plans through full construction. Pugh has a passion for helping develop underserved communities and the next generation of designers and architects. He previously served as the president of the Illinois NOMA chapter 2015-2016, and also served on Chicago’s Associate Board of the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) Mentor Program. Pugh has a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University, one of seven Historically Black Colleges and Universities with an architecture accreditation, and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University. President@NOMA.net

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Tiffany Brown – Executive Director

Tiffany Brown, MBA, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, is the Executive Director of the National Organization of Minority Architects. Brown is a co-founder of the Urban Arts Collective, a nonprofit focused on increasing underrepresented groups in careers in science, technology, engineering, art and architecture, and mathematics. Brown is a passionate leader within NOMA and the architecture industry, recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) with 2020 Associates Awards for outstanding leadership and creative thinking in her communities and the architecture profession. She was awarded the AIA Detroit and Michigan honors in 2019. Brown held national NOMA board leadership positions and is also a founding member of NOMA Detroit. Brown created 400 FORWARD, which aims to seek the next 400 women architects with an underlying focus on African American girls through access to education on design through provided programming and scholarships. Her work with the organization was recently featured in a new documentary in partnership with Target, “Design for All.” Previously, she worked at SmithGroup and Hamilton Anderson Associates in Detroit. Brown earned her B.Arch, M.Arch and MBA from Lawrence Technological University. Executive@NOMA.net

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Pascale Sablan – President Elect

Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate at Adjaye Associates, with over 14 years of experience, has been on the team for a variety of projects around the world. Pascale is the 315th living African-American, woman registered architect in the U.S. She is an activist architect who works to advance architecture for the betterment of society, bring visibility and voice to the issues concerning women and BIPOC designers. She founded the Beyond the Built Environment organization positioned to uniquely address the inequitable disparities in architecture. In 2020 Pascale was voted President-Elect of the National Organization of Minority Architecture, the 5th woman to hold this position. She was awarded the 2020 AIA New York State President’s Award and the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young. Jr Award for her advocacy efforts and ascended to the AIA College of Fellows, the youngest African American to reach that honor. Pascale has given lectures at Colleges and Universities nationally; cultural institutions such as the United Nations and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 1stVicePres@NOMA.net

  • Gary J. Nelson, Vice President, West Region
    NOMA, AIA, NCARB
  • Saundra Little, Vice President, Midwest Region
    NOMA, AIA, LEED AP
  • Nekia Strong, Vice President, South Region
    NOMA, NCARB
  • Edward Anthony Ransom, Vice President, Northeast Region
    NOMA, AIA, LEED AP, CCM, BOC Lvl. 1
  • Julian Owens, Recording Secretary
    NOMA
  • Mntambo Fisher, Treasurer
    NOMA, Assoc. AIA, LEED GA
  • Erasmus Ikpemgbe, Parliamentarian
    NOMA, RA
  • Kimberly Dowdell, Immediate Past President
    NOMAC, AIA, NCARB, SEED, LEED AP, BD+C

Directors

  • Jamilla Afandi, University Liaison, West Region
    NOMA
  • Andreea Vasile Hoxha, University Liaison, Midwest Region
    NOMA, Associate AIA
  • Atianna Cordova, University Liaison, South Region
    NOMA
  • Melanie Ray, University Liaison, Northeast Region
    NOMA, AIA, LEED Green Associate
  • Leslie Epps, Student Representative
    NOMAS, City College of New York
  • Montre’ale L. Jones, Student Representative
    NOMAS, The University of Kentucky
  • Andrea Simpson, Director of Young Professional Development
    NOMA, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
  • Bernard Suber, Membership Co-Chair
    NOMA, AIA, LEED AP