Sheri Rubin is the founder of Design Direct Deliver and a lifetime member of the IGDA. She comes to the gaming table with over 20 years’ experience and more than 40 game credits to her name. An international speaker, author, and game developer she uses her zealous attention to detail and drive to empower others through consulting, contracting, and coaching.

An avid philanthropist and fierce advocate, Sheri dedicates much of her free time to issues including STEM education, online abuse, racial inequality in the justice system, video games, and diversity. She is currently developing several games of her own covering topics like self-care, no-win situations, and impostor syndrome.

You can learn more about Sheri’s work in and out of the game industry at
Sheri’s IGDA background:


  • Lifetime Member (1999-Present)
  • IGDA Annual Report 2005: Member Highlight (One of only three volunteers highlighted that year)

Board of Directors:

  • Board Member (2012-2015)
  • Secretary (2012-2014)


  • Operations Manager (2010-2011)


  • IGDA Chicago Volunteer (2001-2016): Executive Advisory Board (2004-2005), Board of Directors (2011-2015), Treasurer (2011-2015), Interim Chair (2013-2014)
  • IGDA Orange County Volunteer (2009-2010): Board of Directors (2009-2010), Treasurer (2009-2010)


  • Quality Assurance SIG Founder And Volunteer (2004-2017): Chair (2004-2011), Chair Emeritus (2011-2017)
  • Sexuality In Games SIG Founder And Volunteer (2004-2008): Leadership Council Member (2004-2005)
  • Women In Games SIG [Formerly Women in Game Development Committee] Volunteer (1999-2016): Steering Committee Member (2010), Advisory Board Member (2009-2010, 2012-2015)
  • Founder, Steering Committee Member, and/or Volunteer for: Casual Games SIG, Diversity SIG, Game Accessibility SIG, Game Design SIG, Human Resources SIG, Localization SIG, Production SIG, Programmers SIG, and Writing SIG (2001-2014)

Committees and Task Forces:

  • IGDA Membership Committee (2013-2015)
  • IGDA Finance Committee (2012-2015)
  • IGDA Governance Committee (2014-2015)
  • IGDA Anti-Harassment Pledge Task Force (2014-2015)
  • IGDA Marketing and Communications Committee (2010-2015), Chair (2012-2014)
  • IGDA Chapter Committee (2010-2014)
  • IGDA SIGs Committee (2010-2014)
  • IGDA Voter Guidance Task Force (2009-2011)
  • IGDA Programs and Memberships Committee (2007-2010)
  • Quality of Life Committee (2004-2012)


  • IGDA Scholars Volunteer: Mentor (2005-2006, 2010, 2013), Judge (2007-2009, 2012-2014), Coordinator (2011), Committee Member (2012-2014) [IGDA Scholars program transitioned to become a program solely run by the IGDA Foundation in 2014.]
  • Global Game Jam (GGJ) Volunteer: Global Play Party Coordinator (2011), Chicago Site – Mentor & Judge (2012-2013), USC Site – Judge (2014), Board Member (2013-2014) [Global Game Jam became its own, separate non-profit in 2012. However, I served on the GGJ board in the IGDA Board appointed seat.]
  • IGDA Chicago Game Jam Volunteer: Organizer (2011), Mentor (2013)
  • IGDA At GDC Online Planning Committee (2010)
  • IGDA Leadership Forum Planning Committee (2010-2011)
  • IGDA At PAX East Planning Committee (2010-2011)
  • IGDA At GDC Planning Committee (2010-2012)
  • IGDA Summit Planning Committee (2011-2012)