Bekah Marcum has a passion to ignite change and believes change starts with community and courageous conversation.
Currently a Product Designer at Instagram, Bekah combats the spread of misinformation on the Instagram App, leading the design for the Accurate Information pillar as a part of the Well-being team. Her background spans both UX and Visual Design – after starting her career at REI as a 3D and Product Designer, she spent four years at Amazon as a Designer then Art Director crafting custom ad experiences for brands on Amazon including Fire TV and Fire Tablet playable mini-games, Amazon custom boxes, and custom online stores. After moving over to Zillow, Bekah helped to lead the design for Zillows’ newest product offerings – Zillow Offers and Zillow Rewards.
Outside of her day job, she has actively advocated for equity and built a community of Black Designers which triggered the creation of Black Design employee resource groups (ERGs) within several top tech companies.
Combining her own experience as a Black Designer in tech with research into equity and racial justice as a part of her Masters at the University of Washington, Bekah has rallied for equity and greater representation of Black Designers in the mostly White Design space as a conference speaker and guest host on podcasts such as Revision Path and Designer & Designer.
Her newest project @DesigningWhileBlack launching this April will provide a space for collective growth and the celebration of greatness in the Black Design community. In addition to highlights of Black Designers in the industry there will be weekly Instagram Live interviews with Black industry professionals.