Mia Nakano is a freelance photographer, videographer, and web designer based out of Oakland, CA. She is the founding photo-editor of Hyphen. Her work has been seen in dozens of media outlets including Colorlines, the Kathmandu Post, and Democracy Now!. Nakano has contributed to organizations such as the Smithsonian, Salon.com, and the de Young Museum. She is a seasoned self-taught artist, educator, and lecturer advocating strategic and mindful use of visual arts to create social change. Nakano the director of the Visibility Project: a national photo and video archive dedicated to the Queer Asian American Women and Trans* community. She is a board member of Banteay Srei and the Queer Cultural Center. Mia is a proud 4th generation japanese american, queer woman of color, daughter of a single mother, and sister of a deaf adult.