From the time she was young, Ima has striven to make a positive difference in this world. Wherever she saw injustice, she attempted to find solutions to inspire more integrity. There is no mountain she will not climb, no valley she will not walk, and no river she will not cross in order to form a more compassionate society. Her passion for art stems from her background in ballet, musical theater, and film. She expresses gratitude for developing a voice that her ancestors fought deeply to maintain. She is of mixed heritage, identifying with many different descriptors. She is a second generation immigrant on her father’s side (coming from Bamako, Mali) and has roots in Latin America as well (specifically Michoacan and Zacatecas, Mexico).
Ima Diawara is a graduate of Brown University (2017) where she received a Bachelor's degree in Africana Studies and a minor in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Organizations. Her work experience includes Credit Suisse, BlackRock Inc, and Red Table Talk Enterprises. While at BlackRock, she serviced the financial needs of 80+ global institutional clients as part of the Official Institutions team (led by Terrence Keeley). At Red Table Talk, she was responsible for relationship management, financial planning, and business development as a Strategic Projects Coordinator. Recently, she facilitated enumeration as a Supervisor for the US Federal Census Bureau. Ima has a background in health, education, and multimedia production. She is a playwright, musician, film producer, and multimedia performer.
In her role at Gerber Kawasaki, Ima works as the Marketing Coordinator for our Digital Assets Division. She has co-produced episodes and originated newsletters, supervising the buildout of digital asset tools for education and engagement. She believes strongly in fighting wealth and income inequality toward Black, Indigenous, and other underrepresented communities. Her work with Digital Assets aims to make the space accessible to all, in line with GK’s mission to help build financial security.
Ima is currently the inaugural recipient of the Mary Bowman Arts in Activism Award, granted by ViiV Healthcare Foundation and the National AIDS Memorial. She has been featured at panels on Modern Day Slavery, Filmmaking, Reproductive Health, HIV & AIDS, and Art Activism.