Join us to learn more about the current legislation efforts taking place in the field of Interior Design!

Come to the first of three 2023 FRAME sessions. 

Some topic examples:

What is the Consortium for Interior Design and how did the unified advocacy group come about?

What has been happening with interior design legislation and regulation nationwide in the last couple of years?

What shifts have we seen in the last couple of years that have impacted the national landscape of interior design legislation and regulation?

Why is it important for interior designers to become certified and registered? How else can members be involved with interior design advocacy in Minnesota?

The first 40 registered attendees will reserve a $15 lunch gift card to use to cover their meal.

Registration for this event is free w/ option to donate min $10 to the non-profit Minneapolis Foundation. IIDA Northland will match up to $2,000!

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The discussion will be led by Matt Barusch-CIDQ, Lauren Earley-ASID HQ, and Marci Merola-IIDA HQ – see bios below!

Matt will support and advance CIDQ’s policy agenda at the state and provincial level. He is responsible for monitoring legislation, analyzing threats to the public from deregulatory efforts, generating advocacy resources that convey the value of the NCIDQ Exam, and developing strategies to support our stakeholders in educating policy makers on the value of meaningful interior design regulation.

Prior to CIDQ, Matt held state advocacy positions with the National Association for Music Education, and the National Court Reporters Association, where he advocated for reasonable regulation of court reporters.

Matt holds a master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s in Political Science from the State University of New York.

Marci Merola is the Director of Advocacy at IIDA, where she works with state chapters around the country working to strengthen their advocacy efforts, as well as maintain and expand regulation of interior design. Marci brings twenty years of advocacy experience to IIDA, mostly working in the association and nonprofit sector. Marci has a bachelor of English and journalism from Northern Illinois University, and a Masters in Information Science from Dominican University. She lives in Chicago, headquarters of IIDA.

As Associate Director of Government and Public Affairs for ASID, Lauren A. Earley, Esq. advocates for the interior design profession by leading ASID’s legislative, regulatory, and policy efforts at all levels. Lauren completed a legal fellowship with ASID in fall of 2020 then represented property owners’ associations and condominium unit owners’ associations as a law firm associate in 2021, before returning to ASID in spring of 2022Previously, Lauren worked in law, politics, and government relations, including as a Congressional staffer for a United States Senator on Capitol Hill. Lauren holds a B.S. in Business Economics from the University of South Carolina and a Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and earned the Carrico Center for Pro Bono & Public Service Certificate for completing over 250 hours of legal and community services.  She is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

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October 5, 2023


Time and Location:

12pm -1pm, Zoom



Free with donations