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Khara House is an advocate, activist, and published author with a professional background in editorial, education, freelance, higher education, marketing, and property management. A passionate advocate, Khara aims to connect with the people around her and provide a voice to the challenges of everyday people.

Born and raised in Harrisburg, Penn., Khara is the daughter of Anthony, a native of York and mental/behavioral health advocate and educator, and Rosita, a Philadelphia native with a background in early childhood education, customer service, and event coordination. Khara grew up attending the public schools of Harrisburg, before attending the Math/Science Academy in its early pilot years and Bishop McDevitt Catholic High School. Her years in Harrisburg included various volunteer programs through the City, arts programs, and tutoring.

An avid reader and writer, Khara earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Messiah College, where she also worked in dining services, the Writing Center, and as a student mentor and Resident Assistant. Khara also served as a summer school and creative writing instructor for primary-, middle-, and high school students in the Harrisburg City School District. She then attended Northern Arizona University, where she earned her Master's Degree in English. During the two years of her graduate education, Khara served as a tutor, Graduate Teaching Assistant, mentor, and volunteer creative writing instructor. She also served as a member of the staff of Thin Air Magazine, the graduate literary journal at NAU, first as a staff reader, and later as the Poetry Editor for the journal. She also continued to work in various capacities with children in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Chester regions of Pennsylvania.

Following her formal education, Khara served as a University Instructor, teaching First-Year Composition and Poetry and providing lectures and resources for the Graduate College. Khara then entered the multihousing industry, serving as the assistant manager in the historic La Plaza Vieja neighborhood in Flagstaff, Arizona. Khara went on to advance to the role of property manager, which in 2017 earned her the Arizona Multihousing Association's (AMA) Property Manager of the Year (Outside the Valley) Tribute Award. Khara has continued to work as a tutor, mentor, workshop facilitator, freelance writer, and editor/proofreader, in addition to her local volunteer and advocacy work with organizations such as the Flagstaff Family Food Center, Second Chance Center for Animals, the Coconino Humane Association, NAMI, the NAACP, etc.

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