2021 Next Creative Leaders Jury

Saata Bangura

Art Director/Design Director

Saata Bangura is an award-winning, multidisciplinary creative whose work centers around high-impact visual representation, culture and authenticity. Operating from the intersection of creativity, mindfulness and curiosity, she has a track record of creating change and making impact. As a freelance art and design director with a background in graphic design and fine art, her career spans numerous organizations in the tech, marketing, entertainment and nonprofit industries. Some of the past brands Saata has worked on include Google, Disney, Under Armour, Star Wars: Force for Change and Major League Baseball, and her designs can be seen at The 3% Conference and in AdWeek publications.

Her creative work has been recognized by The Shorty Awards, American Advertising Awards, Indigo Design Awards and Graphic Design USA’s American Graphic Design Awards. Additionally, Saata is an active and passionate speaker and thought leader around diversity, equity and representation within the marketing, design and creative industries. In her spare time, Saata volunteers her time to help support the next generation of creatives by mentoring students and junior creatives and giving back to The LAGRANT Foundation scholarship program, of which she is a former recipient.

Saata is a proud first-generation American with roots in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and she often writes about diversity and inclusivity. Born and bred in the Bay Area, she now calls Los Angeles home.




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