While in college, Aleksandr grounded his interests in aging and the body in community-based action and public policy. As a student he launched a local intergenerational contact program in New London, Connecticut that connected college students with older adults through meaningful collaborations. In 2015, Aleksandr interned at the Agewell Foundation and founded Mending Maya, an art-based intergenerational contact program in New Delhi, India. The following year, Aleksandr presented his work at a TEDx conference and received public service and community activism accolades. Most recently, Aleksandr completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA and volunteered for an online grassroots campaign writing stories about the LGBTQ South Asian community. Chandra identifies as a queer mixed-race femme and an elder justice educator.