Meet the Officers


Elaine Matthias
Experience Designer, Rosenfeld Media

Elaine MatthiasExperience: At Rosenfeld Media, my role is to bring a combination of strategic thinking and project management to developing services and products for UX professionals. I enjoy this position because I spend much of my time fostering collaboration within the UX community. Whether I am working with Rosenfeld Media authors, attendees of the Enterprise UX conference, or other UX practitioners from diverse backgrounds, I have experience with the multiple touchpoints within a diverse community and feel uniquely qualified to inject energy into the NYC UXPA community.

Vision: I envision my role with NYC UXPA as an initiator. I’ll continue Ligja’s great work by building strong speaker and sponsor relationships, as well as fostering our growing mentorship program. Additionally, I’ll explore new channels to help our members stay connected with the best local resources for UX practitioners, including email outreach, capacity building workshops, and business partnerships.

Learn more about Elaine at LinkedIn.

Vice President

Akiko Ikkai
UX Researcher, Wiley

Akiko Ikkai
Statement:  Since joining NYC UXPA in 2014, I’ve shown strong leadership by spearheading highly interactive events – a workshop on usability metrics, and Résumé Speed Dating – as well as reshaping our post-event attendee survey to capture members’ voices. Furthermore, as Director of Training since December 2014, I’ve streamlined the volunteer-training process by being a matchmaker – assessing needs of volunteers for developing additional skill sets, and leveraging existing talent to facilitate NYC UXPA’s event execution.

Learn more about Akiko at LinkedIn.


Rob Kovacs
UX Design Consultant

Statement: The NYC UX community is unique in terms of how welcoming it is to new members, and how interested we all are in seeing one another succeed.

I was the beneficiary of that generosity when I was mentored in the first round of the NYC UXPA Mentorship Program, and ever since I've tried to return the favor by helping to run that program, and by volunteering at NYC UXPA events.

As Treasurer, I would aim to keep the organization running smoothly so that everyone who makes the NYC UXPA great - the other officers, volunteers, members, and supporters - can keep doing what they do best.

Learn more about Rob at LinkedIn

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