Meet CM1's New Staff Member: Riley!

I am from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and have had experience teaching and volunteering in the U.S. and overseas. I also have some background working for a tech startup and in IT so I have an interest in various media and tech applications. In college, I studied International Affairs (w/ a focus in the Middle East/Latin America). I am passionate about the current global refugee crisis and spend many Saturdays working with refugees from Syria in my community. This allows me to continue practicing Arabic (some of which I learned in Morocco) and apply some of my teaching skills.

If you could switch lives with anybody in the world (living and dead) who would you pick and why?

Marco Polo - I am reading his book right now and I think about how interesting it would be to travel through such a large part of the world on foot/horseback. Nowadays travel is fast and we rarely have time to take in a lot of what's around us, but in his time I could only imagine how much there was to absorb.

Best trip/place you’ve ever been to?

The Atlas Mountains in Morocco

Favorite song/ music genre?

Tie between hip-hop/classic rock.

If you were to be stranded on an island what’s the one thing you’d want to have with you?

An iPod full of my favorite music

Most important piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Find happiness in your present situation and do not stress about planning your life.

Weirdest food you’ve ever tried?


Do you have any pets?

No (but I used to have a cat and I miss him dearly)

If you had 24 hours to live what would you do?

Throw myself a wonderful pizza party with my family and friends. Pizza is beautiful.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

After college, a friend and I set out on a three-week road trip from Maryland all the way to Vancouver, Canada, and back. We traveled over 7,000 miles by car with not much of a plan. Most days were spent in various national state parks. We summited the tallest mountain in Colorado, hiked along cliffs on the Pacific Ocean, and spent nights sleeping in hammocks, tents, the car, and the occasional Airbnb to clean ourselves up. I vividly remember having to bathe in a lake in Wyoming because we hadn't had a shower in over 5 days. It was a crazy time, but fun looking back.

What are you excited about the most at Tgs?

Being able to focus more on experiences/personal relationships and not have a lot of possessions with me

"I'm really excited to meet everyone. I have a ton of energy and I am looking forward to starting with TGS. Do not hesitate to reach out with any other questions or just to chat."