Keziah Conrad earned a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Arizona (2000), having spent a semester in Ireland with the School for International Training. She later worked in Tucson with Catholic Social Services as a case manager for children moving from foster care into adoptive homes. Starting in 2002, she worked for the Mennonite Central Committee in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as program manager of an initiative that highlights the potential of religion to build peace. Keziah's work revolved around the choir Pontanima, which is comprised of people from diverse religious backgrounds who sing the music of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.