Automotive educator, journalist
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Chaya Milchtein started Mechanic Shop Femme, Inc. while managing a mechanic shop in Brooklyn, N.Y. Mechanic Shop Femme, Inc. is a company that empowers queer people and women by educating them about the process of purchasing, maintaining and owning a vehicle in easy-to-understand and welcoming terms. Mechanic Shop Femme is an education platform that includes virtual classes, workshops, a blog and lots of videos explaining car ownership fundamentals. Milchtein has over 400,000 followers on TikTok and Instagram, where she answers questions and gives tutorials while being her full femme self. Car maintenance can feel complicated, but Milchtein makes it straightforward and engaging.
Photo credit: Chana Milchtein
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