Diamond James is a professional people person. Her practice explores the intersection of race/place/class and design in American cities through design education, consultation and writing. A former art director at The Washington Post, she explores the role different media play in promoting storytelling to create meaningful engagement around public health, policy, sustainability and societal challenges. She is interested to learn how people relate to different story forms — from text and emojis to photo booth portraiture — in order to communicate, and how designers might use what is timely and culturally relevant as amiable research tools. Curious about how designers might better serve as advocates, she seeks to elevate community voices to catalyze civic participation especially among people of color and youth.

A native of Los Angeles, Diamond is currently a Brooklyn-based Teaching Artist with the Center for Urban Pedagogy in New York. She is also the equity editor for the Baltimore Office of Sustainability's forthcoming 2018 Sustainability Plan.

Education: BJS '08, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; M.A. Social Design, Maryland Institute College of Art.

She can be reached at 1deejames@gmail.com and @diamondsnprls on Instagram.

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