Ciera Young, an Ohio native, was in Pittsburgh for four years as a student at Chatham University. There she earned two B.A.s: one in Cultural Studies with African American Concentration, and one in International Studies with African Concentration. She also studied Film & Digital Technology. At Chatham, Ciera was a Resident Assistant, co-president of the Black Student Union, and co-chair of the Green Horizons Environmental Club, to name a few. Ciera had a number of experiences linked to public policy, to add to her resume. When Ciera relaxed, she played the violin or cello, or created a film. Ciera served at Manchester Academic Charter School.