Who We Are
founder, RESEARCH LEAD
Autumn Sanders Foster
Since 2010, Autumn Sanders Foster has worked with Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and non-profits, helping them grow their businesses by understanding their customers. She launched Quire in 2017 to bring ethnographic research and design thinking to organizational leaders that are looking for a way forward but don't know how to get there. She leads clients through experiences with end users to develop effective, scalable solutions to the challenges they face. She has worked with companies across a range of industries including education, arts, health care, retail, human resources, CPG, consumer electronics, and food.
Dr. Nyesha Black is an applied demographer and social scientist with more than a decade of experience in data collection and analysis. She has consulted on projects funded by that National Institute of Environmental Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Planning Commission, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nyesha is a subject matter expert in demographic and quantitative methods, and she employs these skills to help organizations improve decisions, programs, and policies. She is also the founder of Noire Analytics, a research and strategic advisory firm, that serves clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Ph.D. Demography and Sociology
M.A. Demography and Sociology
THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA
Activities & Affiliations
GASP, Advisory Council Member
Birmingham Planning Commission, Commissioner
Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Karen has been passionate about art and design since she was young. She even designed her own business cards in elementary school. Growing up around her parents’ photography studio helped inspire her appreciation for color, composition, and creativity. Karen worked as a publication designer in Chattanooga, TN before relocating to Birmingham where she has been designing brand identities, books, ads, invitations, websites and more. Karen constantly strives to create work that is both beautiful and functional.
In 2018, she launched a small business called “Trove.” It began with a holiday pop-up shop selling artist-made goods from Birmingham and across the country. She hopes to expand its scope in the years to come. In her free time, she enjoys drinking Starbucks café mochas, reading, spending time with her pets, and watching documentaries.
BFA, Graphic Design, 2008
Coreata' R. Houser
For over 10 years, Coreata’ Houser has worked to operationalize strategy concepts and plans to help businesses create simple solutions to complex problems. From government entities to technology companies, Coreata’ has mastered creating thoughtful, innovative environments that help companies mitigate risk and experience measurable internal and external growth. He establishes quick rapport with marketplace leaders by understanding base position and collaboratively identifying growth opportunities and strategy. These methods provide macro strategy with micro execution that businesses seek after.
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, BIRMINGHAM (UAB)
M.Eng., Information Engineering and Management, 2015
B.S., Biology, 2009
Activities & Affiliations
Ramsay High School - Academy of Engineering, Board member
U.S. Department of State - Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Council of Experts
Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce, Board member
Keya Kraft has over a decade of experience in higher education teaching literature and writing courses at Samford University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. From 2015-2018, she served as the director of the BACHE (Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education) Writers’ Series. Her emphasis in providing research and program evaluation is always to help clients plan for the future in a strategic and informed manner. Recently, she has worked with Birmingham-area nonprofit and for-profit clients to provide communications support, research, and qualitative analysis of programs and services.
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, ST. LOUIS
Ph.D., English and American Literature
THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY
Margaret is a Birmingham native who has spent the last few years perfecting the art of curating closets while simultaneously curating a career that allows her to live at the intersection of fashion, interior design, and the arts. Margaret launched her career in New York City supporting the Veronica Beard team in preparation for fashion week. After her stint in NYC she came back to Birmingham to put some spark to her entrepreneurial spirit.
In 2016, Margaret founded THE EDIT with MDL to put an efficient and fresh spin to the drudgery of clearing closets. She works with clients by using 21st century tools to curate closets, consign clothing and accessories and personal shop. THE EDIT connects clients to an online consignment network where the real magic comes to life – selling the old to make way for the new.
Activities and Affiliations
Girls on the Run, Events Committee Member
Space One Eleven, Board Member
THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON
B.A., Art History
Jon is a graduate of the Human-Computer Interaction program at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He combines technical expertise, human understanding, and research experience in order to help clients develop human-centered tech solutions. He helps companies convert challenges into opportunities to address both the current demands of business and their future needs. This ability to prepare teams for what comes next makes him a valuable partner for companies across industry sectors.
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
M.S., Human-Computer Interaction, 2012
B.S., Computer Science, Cognitive Psychology, 2010
Marrielle Santiago is an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Professional Writing at UAB. She has a strong background in STEM and even works as a teaching assistant for Chemistry labs. She also has experience in writing and editing under the University of South Alabama’s Office of Research and Economic Development.
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, BIRMINGHAM
B.S., Neuroscience, Expected 2020