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About Affect

Affect’s mission is to educate and catalyze around the work, design, and culture of social change. We provide underrepresented voices a platform for their projects and experiences, with a focus on intersectionality and event accessibility.

Team Affect

  • Elea Chang, Founder & organizer

    Elea is a community organizer who's been volunteering with nonprofits for over 18 years. She previously worked for Upworthy and and currently sits on the board of tech diversity nonprofit Stumptown Syndicate. Elea can be found tweeting regularly about disability, mental health, and race.

  • Melissa Chavez, Content Committee

    Melissa is a digital and physical space UX designer. She also acts as a community organizer of regional tech conferences and social justice events, including PDXTech4Good, and consults on accessibility.

  • Nadia Gathers, Content Committee

    Nadia is the Internal Communications Manager at Github and an intersectional design thinking facilitator hailing from the In their spare time, they are a mental health advocate, occasional stage-talker, and aspiring novelist. Nadia helps people talk to each other.