Alumni Relations

Palermo Galindo

Palermo GalindoPalermo Galindo

Community Liaison

President, Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Associate, '98; B.F.A., '00

Q: How did you become interested in your field?

I was always interested in graphic design, so that was an easy decision for my degrees. But I also got involved here as president of Hispanos Unidos as well as in student advising and realized I was good at building relationships and mentoring. My involvement in IPFW’s Diversity and Multicultural Affairs also provided a solid background for working with many neighborhoods and, later, the mayor’s office. I actually still use my graphic design quite a bit though photography, layout, Web design, and especially social media.

Q: Why did you choose IPFW?

I was born in Mexico City, but was living in Chicago when I was searching for a college. So I was pretty close. I was impressed with the opportunities in the graphic design program here.

Q: Who were some of your mentors at IPFW?

There were so many good ones here. I could talk to anyone and really felt I was part of part of the group.  To name just a few that served as mentors quite a bit were Professors Motz, LeBlanc, and Garcia. In fact, I believe I was in Professor Garcia’s last class at IPFW before he retired. I was fortunate.

Q: What is the best career advice you were given?

What you are working on doesn’t have to be complicated. Usually simple (but effective) is the best approach. And, to always exceed expectations. This is true professionally and personally.

Q: What surprised you most about IPFW?

How strong my mentors were here as well as the excellence of the advising I received. The university has a real impact in the community and internationally, which is very meaningful to me.

Q: Where do you hope to be in 5–10 years?

Throughout my life and career, I’ve been a problem solver—a connector—always looking at the big picture and the most efficient way to accomplish things. So, I thought using those skills to serve the community would be the next step for me. My goal is for even broader outreach—to also work with Burmese, Africans, and those from Central and South America. I am currently running for an Allen County Council at-large seat and I’d love to have the support of my fellow Mastodons in the election November 8!