Ara is a software engineer and consultant based in Seattle, Washington. Their background is in philosophy and they are primarily self-taught, getting their start in programming through community workshops and online courses. They are a co-founder at Stormlight Consulting, where they work with clients to help them build out their cloud computing dreams. Prior to that, they were a developer within Microsoft Azure, working on performance and crash management tools. They are experienced at working on services that demand high availability, strict data privacy measures, and distributed networks at large scales. These days, they are also studying and creating content for other learners in the field of quantum computing. Ara is passionate about leveraging their unique background to empathetically communicate with audiences of a variety of skill levels, specifically when it comes to breaking down intimidating technical concepts for others in an intuitive, relatable way.