Ardra Vanessa Spector was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Her passion for technology, graphic design, fine art, and education stems from exposure to various cultures, ethnicities, and artists as a child. After moving to New Jersey, she focused her energy on pursuing a strong academic background. She graduated with her Master's in Art and Education from Kean University in Union, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from Rutgers University, Mason Gross, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Before that, she received an associate's degree in Graphic Design from County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey.
Professor Spector has taught full time and served as the Graphic Design Program Coordinator at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, New Jersey. Prior to that, she taught for DeVry University, adjuncted at Kean University, Brookdale Community College, Middlesex County College, Union County College and County College of Morris in central and northern New Jersey.
She has exhibited her paintings in various gallery shows all over New York and New Jersey. Among her most notable work as a graphic designer was the logo used by Rutgers University, Livingston College and the logo (recently altered) but still used by radio station WDHA 105.5