Chanelly Laguna.

Growing up Chicana in Chula Vista, Spanish was my first language and I took bilingual classes until the fourth grade. For as long as I can remember, I was fascinated by all things art and technology. I was that creative kid who filled sketchbooks with endless doodles, but also loved to get lost exploring the buttons and settings of my computer. When I learned to draw and paint, I became a storyteller.

The cross-pollination of cultures made my art more compelling. That early exposure to diversity shaped my character. Making things with my own two hands was thrilling. In high school, in a computer art class, I discovered design. Suddenly, everything connected, design thinking, objects and people. Design solves problems and breaks down barriers. The world continues to evolve and get more connected through technology and design. I want to be part of that transformative change.