b. reid lewis

queer activist, technologist, writer, hacker

"The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else."
e e cummings

So, who am I?

I'm a bit of a wanderer. I have a passion for technology, travel, photography, and fighting for human rights. I try to follow the path less traveled. I've lived in a lot of different places, some small and some big, and all of them have shaped my perspective in unique ways. I've spent most of my adult life in Los Angeles, New York City, and now Oakland, California. I try to do the right thing, but don't always succeed. I definitely have more questions than answers.

Image of Reid in the woods, looking up into the trees. They are dressed for hiking.

What do I do?

I currently work in the healthcare technology space as a security & infrastructure engineer - but really, that just means listening to people and helping them find the best way to solve the problems they're facing in the safest, most sustainable way. The rest of the time I'm just trying to figure out my place in this big, beautiful universe. I love learning and I'm passionate about sharing knowledge with others. I try to ensure empathy and mindfulness are both core to everything I do, but I know I still have a lot to learn. Above all, I want to help make the world a better place for everyone.

Image of a lake in Alaska, a glacier and mountains towering over the lake in the distance.

Everything else...

I studied international affairs, focusing on issues of rights, justice, and governance at the New School in New York City. I love taking photos. I'm an avid reader of books. I love writing and am working on a collection of essays. I love being outside, whether that means hiking in the redwoods of Northern California, surfing in Half Moon Bay, or making my best attempt at urban farming in my own backyard in Oakland. I am fortunate enough to travel frequently, though I increasingly appreciate the beauty of being home these days.

Image of the Golden Gate Bridge at dusk, taken from the south foot of the bridge inside the bay.