Jacinda Walker is a designer, entrepreneur, and instructor with over 20 years of industry experience, who calls Cleveland, Ohio home. She believes that “participation is the key to success.” Her work ranges from designing publications to educational programming and event management. A graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, Ms. Walker continued to earn both her Associates of Applied Business in Commercial Art and Bachelors of Fine Arts in graphic design with minors in drawing and computer imaging from the University of Akron. In August 2016, she obtained her M.F.A. in Design Research & Development with a minor in Nonprofit Studies from The Ohio State University. Her area of focus explored diversity in design disciplines and investigated effective strategies to expose African-American and Latino youth to design-related careers. Jacinda is a strong advocate for young people and proudly mentors several design students on portfolio presentations, professional development and career planning. Ms. Walker’s future goals are to work with organizations to establish design education initiatives and develop design programs for underrepresented youth.