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Who we are

The Association Typographique Internationale is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is democratically run by a board of directors elected by the ATypI membership. ATypI is incorporated in the State of California in the United States.

Board officers

ATypI board officers are elected to their roles through a majority vote made by the Board of Directors.

Portrait of Thomas Phinney

Thomas Phinney

Sumanthri Samarawickrama

Henrique Nardi

Portrait of Carima El-Behairy

Carima el-Behairy

At the Board meeting of September 8, 2023 Thomas Phinney was elected President, Sumanthri Samarawickrama was re-elected Vice-President, and Henrique Nardi was appointed as Acting Secretary. Carima el-Behairy was appointed CFO, to become Treasurer when she officially joins the Board on January 1, 2024.

Board members

The ATypI board of directors is elected by the association’s general membership. Board members come from all over the world and use their time and talents to help further the ATypI mission.

The most recent election of Board members took place in the week ending August 31, 2023. There were vacancies for different cycles, according to the ending terms of board members. Four positions were immediately filled (for the term September 2023 to August 2026), while the other four positions become vacant in January 2024 (for the term January 2024 to December 2026).

Nada Abdallah, Laurence Penney, Marek Z. Jeziorek and Clare Bell were elected for the first time for three-year terms until August 2026. Vice-President Sumanthri Samarawickrama and Tetsuo Sakomura were both re-elected. Carima el-Behairy was elected back to the board after some time away. Jordan Bell was elected for the first time. They will join the board in January 2024.

In most years at least one Board position becomes vacant. Any ATypI member in good standing is eligible to run for election. To find out more, see ATypI board member responsibilities.

Country and community delegates

The ATypI delegate group aims to represent type folks where they live and work, nurturing new talent while supporting longtime practitioners. The international type community is rich and diverse; part of ATypI’s mission is to uplift designers from underrepresented communities.

These delegates are an integral part of ATypI’s outreach efforts. ATypI delegates are active in their local design networks; they are also teachers and mentors, working with schools and cultural organizations, reporting on the state of type and typography in their communities, and facilitating communication and action with other ATypI members.

Find out more about the ATypI country and community delegate responsibilities. This program is being revamped, and we look forward to showcasing all the delegates and their many communities in late 2023 / early 2024.