Kristen Reynolds is a military brat whose family is from California by way of Mississippi and Louisiana. She earned her bachelor's in Biology (from Johnson C. Smith University) and her bachelor's and master's in English (from UNC Charlotte).
Phoebe Young is a Saginaw Chippewa descendant from Michigan, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and currently residing in Minneapolis. She attended Brown University and as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow completed her thesis in the Ethnic Studies Department.
Ayaan Natala is a research-scholar-activist. She double majored in Political Science and American Studies with a concentration in Human Rights and Humanitarianism at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.