Bridget Watson Payne is Executive Editor of Art and Design publishing at esteemed independent publisher Chronicle Books. With over fifteen years of experience in the publishing industry, she has collaborated with hundreds of authors and artists to make their book ideas a beautiful reality. She serves on the board of Bay Area Women in Publishing, is a Senior Mentor for Representation Matters, and helps facilitate Chronicle Books’ Diversity and Inclusion Group. She has spoken and taught extensively on how visual creatives can author books. She is also an author, an artist, and the founder of Open Studio, a shared work, learning, and retail space in San Francisco.