February 15, 2010

Date: 02/19/2010 Description: Black History Month 2010: Tawanda Shannon - State Dept Image

Tawanda Shannon was born in Richmond, VA in 1979, and graduated from John Marshall High School in 1997. She currently works as a Visual Information Specialist/Deputy Chief of Graphics in the Bureau of Administration’s Global Publishing Solutions.

In 2001, Ms. Shannon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Hampton University graduating in the top ten percent of her class. In 2003, she earned a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Design & Technology with a concentration in Multimedia from Parsons School of Design.

Ms. Shannon has always been an artist, from her humble beginnings in the Richmond Public School systems, until now. She discovered a way to survive as an artist when her high school art teacher saw her drive, and told her about a new field called Graphic Design. It allowed her to not only continue her interest in the fine arts but to grow and merge fine arts with digital arts.

Her work experience has involved a great deal of organization, discipline, and responsibility. She has designed materials for Ogilvy PR Worldwide, Microgravity of NASA, FDAnews, Federal Trade Commission and the United States Department of State. In addition, her active leadership and service roles have also helped to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.