Qeiara’s journey blends a love for human connection, justice, and tech. After studying journalism at Bennett College and working as a journalist on the East Coast, Qeiara’s curiosity for the world led them to spend six transformative years teaching English as a Second Language in Thailand and China. Their unique experiences navigating Asia as a queer, Black person increased their desire to bridge cultures, perspectives and tackle global challenges. Qeiara has over a decade of experience engaging communities and facilitating connections in nonprofit organizations working in behavioral health, youth advocacy, and housing justice. Their favorite pastimes are writing, exploring social commentary through digital art, and chatting with friends and strangers alike in cafes over coffee.