About QTBIPOC Design

Providing LGBTQ+ designers of color with free and accessible education, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

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Our Vision

We strive to instill confidence in our community by empowering the next generation of QTBIPOC (queer, trans, Black, Indigenous, and people of color) with the knowledge and tools to excel within the design industry.

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Our Mission

By educating and empowering marginalized communities through our workshops and masterclasses, we hope to make design teams more equitable by infusing the design industry with more diverse perspectives.

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Our Approach

We make inclusivity and equity a practice rather than just a principle. We ground our everyday practices in creating a safe space for every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual preference, background, and disability.

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Our Values

Centering Joy

We center joy within our work and hold space for one another as an active form of liberation.

Integrity Above All

We value transparency and truthfulness, even when it’s difficult. We conduct work honestly and with accountability.

Everyone is Creative

We believe that everyone has the capacity to be creative. Design is not gated to race, social class, etc. etc. We accept that there are many ways to reach the same goal.

Our Members

Our community is exclusively for those who identify as both LGBTQIA and BIPOC.

We are steadfast at creating a safe and nurturing space for our community and no form of bullying, intolerance, or prejudice will be permitted in our spaces (check out our Code of Conduct and Inclusivity Statement)

We celebrate all forms of joy, creativity, and expression from our community.

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Our Team



Steven Wakabayashi

Founder & President, he/him

After years of leading design and UX with many notable brands and agencies, Steven always noticed the lack of diversity within the creative teams. And in hiring, there was always a severe deficit of diverse talent. QTBIPOC Design was founded to provide education and community for those less represented within our design industry.

Jamie Chow

Events Director , She/They/🧜🏻‍♀️

Jamie is Product Design Lead passionate about accessibility and creating a psychologically safe space for marginalized designers, researchers, and empathy-driven world delight'ers within our QTBIPOC community. Together, let's empower and lift each other up — so we can all live our most authentic best lives!

Kenny Chang

Community Director, he/him

Kenny is a UX/UI Designer passionate about advocating for diverse and historically underrepresented communities through design and social justice. He is excited to be a part of the QTBIPOC Design community and to be able to support other LGBTQ+ designers of color!

Marian Corpus

UX Designer , She/her

Marian is a UX Designer who combines her passion for art and science to create impactful user experiences. She is committed to uplifting and showing representation for the QTBIPOC design community.

Meher Chand

Social Media Manager, She/her

Meher is a UX Designer and student at the University of Washington studying psychology and informatics. She enjoys connecting with other designers in the community and finding ways to leverage her skills to uplift others. In her free time she enjoys working on illustration and making music with friends.

Stefan Kovalik

Technology Director, He/him

Stefan is a UX designer and creative consultant with ten years of work experience, specializing in the conception, design, development, analysis, and improvement of user’s experiences.

Ivan Lam

Experience Director, he/him

Ivan is a UI/UX designer committed to inspiring and enabling folx to fulfill their potential and live their best lives.


Come join our team!

We are a group of passionate folx who come together to help empower our communities and create pathways for queer and BIPOC creatives.

Currently looking for:

Fundraising/Marketing: Help us raise awareness and contributions for our organization

UX Bootcamp Teaching Assistant: Help support our UX Bootcamp students and teaching team during our September 2022 UX Bootcamp Course

Operations: Help us set up events and internal operations.

Join Us

Our Board



Ainsley Waller

Board Member, he/him, they/them

Ainsley is an inventive, award-winning, charmingly nerdy creative professional. He blends his love for pop culture and style with Fortune 500 brand experience and an all-consuming love of storytelling. Emphasis on writing and moving pictures.

Bo Ren

Board Member, she/her

Bo is a director of Early-Stage Startups at Silicon Valley Bank in New York City. In this role, she mentors and advises startups at the beginning stages of their journey, connecting them to the larger SVB ecosystem and accelerating them to Series A via company building and fundraising strategies. Before joining SVB, Bo invested in and led ecosystem strategy at Samsung Next. There, she specialized in AI/ML, data privacy and deep tech and helped entrepreneurs and innovators build, grow and scale their software and services ideas and businesses. Bo also spent a decade building engaging consumer products at such companies as Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. She began her career in cleantech, scaling the companies Sunrun and Opower to IPO.

James Tai

Board Member, he/him

James is a Human Resources executive passionate in empowering people to live their best and authentic life.

June Hongkiatkhajorn

Board Member, she/her

June is a product designer & art director with 10+ years of experience spread across the agency world, start-ups, e-commerce, and video streaming. Her work spans multiple disciplines inclusive of art direction, brand strategy, user experience, and user interface design. She is currently a lead product designer at MediaLab LA.

Sophia Arredondo

Board Member, she/her/ella

Sophia has served in education and education-adjacent spaces for over 15 years as a university lecturer, victim advocate, program manager, school district administrator, and national education organization director. She is deeply dedicated to bringing equity and justice to education, working in support of students, educators, families, and communities to address systemic inequities that prevent students from flourishing. More specifically, she is committed to identifying and developing strategies that meet the individual, intersectional, and distinctive needs of LGBTQ+ students and move them towards thriving socially, emotionally, and academically.


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