Shannon Doronio (Chavez) is a Southern California Native, born to a White Mother, and a Mexican Father. Her experience navigating the differences between two family systems and two races has given her a clear view of the inequities and injustice that exists between them. She is the co-founder of Parallel-Play and has dedicated the bulk of her career to education, celebrating culture, and partnering with non-profits. She has leveraged design to amplify voices, increase donor contributions, and create community buy-in through projects created with 826LA, KYCCLA, 826 National, and Inner-City Arts. Shannon holds a BFA from OTIS College of Art & Design and is currently the Department Chair for the Graphic and Multimedia Design Program at the College of the Canyons (HSI) in Valencia, CA.