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Katrina Lenzly / King Cooley

Art Director

Katrina Lenzly is an award-winning Art Director, public speaker, and performing artist also known as “King Cooley”. Raised in Atlanta, Georgia, this multi-hyphenate’s love of storytelling began early as a young artist drawing comics for friends and recreating album artwork from her favorite hip-hop albums. Katrina’s interest in art led her to attend the Savannah College of Art & Design where she received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design. Shortly after graduating, she began working in corporate America, sternly separating her 9-to-5 as a Graphic Designer from her 6-to-12 as a recording artist. It was in 2018 when Katrina quietly released a track titled, “Climate Change”, that her worlds began to merge. In just a few weeks, Climate Change blasted through the digital sphere. The single has earned over 270,000 streams to date and has been added to over 2,000 Spotify playlists including Spotify’s Fresh Finds, Discover Weekly, and Next Wave Neo-Soul playlists.

At a time when young professionals were encouraged to separate their jobs from their personal lives, Katrina saw the success of her tracks and chose to merge her professional design career with her intimate music life. For the southern songstress, this new path resulted in a broad range of creative work, professional experience, and design opportunities with global brands such as WarnerMedia, Coca-Cola, and The NBA. Now, when she isn’t building her music career, Katrina works as one of the few Black, female Art Directors in her field, trailblazing as an advocate for authenticity in workplace culture. She spends her time speaking with young designers, schools, agencies, and leadership teams about the power of creative and cultural diversity hoping to inspire others with her story.