Alessandra Panares (she/her) is a queer Filipina poet, playwright, and lifelong storyteller. Born in Texas, she spent much of her childhood overseas in Asia. She returned to America to study at Creighton University in Nebraska, earning degrees in Psychology and History, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. Upon graduation, she decided to call Boston home. She has since built connections with local historians, creatives, activists, and her cat. In 2020, Panares had the pleasure of having her first play, It Comes at a Cost, virtually produced by Third Citizen Theatre Company. She also began volunteering with Allston-Brighton Mutual Aid (ABMA) and was selected to be part of the 2021 SPARK Boston Council. It is her hope that her work with ABMA, SPARK, and now Creating Equal is just the beginning of a life devoted to civic engagement and continued community care.