Where are the Black Designers? is a volunteer-run, nonprofit design advocacy organization.

We exist to heal, support, amplify, and make space for the entire spectrum of Black creativity while also decolonizing design through education and wellness resources, events, partnerships, and collaborations.

Additionally, by connecting designers, educators, and creative leaders, we host a dialogue about change, both in and out of the design industry through our annual conference.

According to the 2019 AIGA Design Census, 3% of designers are Black.

Our Team

Mitzi Okou


Garrett Albury


Candace Anderson

Roshannah Bagley

Marketing & Creative Partnerships Director

Katie Beymer

Co-Communications Director

Terrell Griffith

Co-Technology Director

Ritesh Gupta

Co-Communications Director

Tiffany Stewart

Co-Technology Director

Patience Woolridge

Community Operations Director

Our Previous Sponsors

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Our Roots

From Cheryl D. Miller’s 1987 PRINT Magazine article, “Black Designers Missing in Action,” to today, there is an entire legacy and lineage of black designers searching for answers which cannot and should not be ignored.

Where are the Black Designers takes Cheryl's work, as well as Maurice Cherry's 2015 SXSW presentation, and builds upon them to provide solutions to this rhetorical question. This year there is a sense of urgency and attention around the lack of representation in the design industry — this is so important. As we push forward together we must be mindful of the past and strategic about the future.