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About Affect

Affect’s mission is to catalyze social change through education, connection, and collaboration. We amplify multiply marginalized folx working in, designing for, and creating social change, with a strong focus on accessibility and intersectionality.

Team Affect

  • Elea Chang, Founder & organizer

    Elea is a community organizer and longtime nonprofit volunteer (18+ years). She previously worked for Upworthy and and now is board president of tech diversity org Stumptown Syndicate. Elea can be found tweeting every so often about disability, accessibility, and mental health.

  • 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.