Tawanda Shannon-Vernon was born in Richmond, VA, and graduated from John Marshall High School. In 2001, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Hampton University graduating in the top ten percent of her class. In 2003, she also earned a master’s of fine arts degree in Design & Technology with a concentration in Multimedia from Parsons School of Design.
Shannon-Vernon 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 fine arts but to grow and merge fine arts with digital arts.
Shannon-Vernon’s work experience has involved a great deal of organization, discipline, and responsibility. More specifically, she has designed materials for Ogilvy PR Worldwide, Microgravity of NASA, FDAnews, Federal Trade Commission, the Department of State and Housing & Urban Development. In addition, her active leadership and service roles have also helped to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.