Riena graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bowdoin College in 2020 with a dual degree in Biology and Government & Legal Studies. While at school, she designed a series of seminars that culminated in a service-learning trip she led to connect her peers with sustainability and food justice issues in Maine. Before starting at NELC, Riena interned for both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Health Strategy Center nonprofit, where she gained experience in environmental policy at the local and national levels.