Riani is from Silver Spring, Maryland, and graduated cum laude from Wake Forest University in May of 2020 with a B.A. in Politics and International Affairs with minors in Latin American Studies and Sociology. During her undergraduate career, her long-standing interest in social justice developed into a passion for food security, community engagement and public policy. She recently served as an AmeriCorps intern for her local Campus Kitchen, coordinating the USDA National Summer Food Service Program and ensuring the proper maintenance of food donation and distribution systems. As an Emerson Fellow, she hopes to amplify marginalized voices and create more equitable systems.
Field placement: Chicago Food Policy Action Council
Riani is working with the Chicago Food Policy Action Council (CFPAC), an organization that co-develops, facilitates, advocates for, and supports the implementation of policies that advance food justice and food sovereignty in Chicago and across the region. Through her role as CFPAC’s productive landscapes fellow, she is conducting qualitative research to make the process of land access more transparent for agriculture initiatives in Chicago.