Lora Volkert is a software developer and former journalist in Boise, Idaho. She has worked the last 12 years in the tech industry at Clearwater Analytics, a fintech company, and at her current position at Healthwise, a not-for-profit organization that creates medical and wellness content. She specializes in testing automation and web accessibility. Prior to going back to school for computer science, Lora was a journalist at the Idaho Press-Tribune and the Idaho Business Review, where she focused on the business, technology, and construction and development beats.

Lora is a bisexual cisgendered woman. She has volunteered for Pride Foundation since 2012, first as a scholarship and grant reviewer, and then as a member of the Idaho Leadership Action Team. She created the Friends of Alan Turing scholarship fund for LGBTQIA+ STEM students.

In her spare time, Lora runs sound and lights for Boise-area community theaters. Her other creative projects include writing a script for a graphic novel about the Fair Pocatello campaign to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQ+ residents of Pocatello, Idaho, and keep it on the books when it was placed on the ballot for repeal. Lora lives with her two dogs, Docker and Kubernetes.

Favorite place in the Northwest: The artist’s alley at the Boise Comic Arts Festival.

Favorite quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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