Riya Kataria

Riya Kataria

Fremont, CA, USA


Last updated September 29, 2020

One Sentence About Me  

I’m a student leader who wants to change the world one day through innovation and activism.

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Who I Am  

A Little About Me

I am a student leader originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I am enamoured by politics and business, and hope to pursue a career in those one day. For now, I am a student at Oxford University studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. I am also the CEO of the PFA Institute, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organisation that focuses on bringing civic engagement and advocacy opportunities to marginalised communities. In my spare time, I enjoy writing music and cooking.

Interesting Factoid

I play seven instruments!


Languages

English (Native)
Hindi (Native)
Spanish (Professional)
ASL (Conversational)

Countries Visited

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India
Canada
Mexico
Costa Rica
Austria
Germany
United Kingdom
Belgium
Denmark
Finland
France
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Malaysia
Netherlands
Singapore
South Korea
Sweden
Switzerland
United Arab Emirates

What I Do  

Professional Experience

Harvard Law School

Research Intern

Jun 2019 - Mar 2020
As an intern at the Systemic Justice Project at Harvard University Law School, I work on researching and analyzing the intricacies of our justice system, and how it operates systemically. This summer, I worked with Harvard Law Professors to gather research on confirmation hearings, assist in website renovation and development, curate online content, and analyze Critical Legal Studies. Throughout my senior year, I worked with them on my senior thesis project surrounding the study of lack of civic engagement for marginalized communities.

MIT Sloan School of Management

Research Intern

Jun 2019 - Mar 2020
As an intern at the Applied Cooperation Team in the MIT Sloan School of Management, I help facilitate and participate in projects that aim to make our local and national community more altruistic. This summer, I worked on a research project surrounding Facebook Ad Campaigns. Currently, I am working on a project that urges more responsible usage of MBTA’s The RIDE as well as curating online content.
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Professional Expertise

Youth Engagement
Grassroots Organizing
Public Speaking
Leadership
Social Media
Research
Strategy
Analysis
Logic Pro X
Adobe Creative Cloud
Microsoft Office

Professional Interests

Business Development
Entrepreneurship
Law
Digital Outreach
Business Strategy
Policy Analysis
Management
Marketing

What I Stand For  

Social Causes

Gender Equality
Reproductive Justice
Racial Justice
Civic Engagement
Healthcare Reform
Social Welfare
Mental Health


Volunteer Experience

Greenkeepers International

Aug 2017 - Present
As a Board Member of Greenkeepers USA, I strive to better the environment through improvements in our day-to-day activities. Greenkeepers is an international organization that focuses on helping people alleviate their carbon footprint in their everyday lives.

Vibha

May 2012 - Present
I have participated in Vibha's Youth Chapter previously and have once again become active in it. Vibha's vision is to ensure that every underprivileged child attains his or her right to education, health and opportunity. Vibha's mission is to educate, empower and enable every individual who wishes to make a positive difference in the life of the underprivileged child. Vibha brings together the combined skills and actions of volunteers, donors, social entrepreneurs and NGOs to a common platform to find sustainable solutions to the problems faced by underprivileged children.
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Favorites  

Hobbies

Writing Music
Playing Guitar
Singing
Acting
Graphic Design
Baking

Food & Drinks

Shirley Temple
British Lemonade

Games

Portal
Undertale
Monopoly
Clue
Among Us

Music Genres, Groups & Artists

Pop
Alternative
Dream Pop

Lorde
Frank Ocean
Taylor Swift
Jelani Aryeh
Jack Antonoff

Movies, TV Shows, Actors & Actresses

The Truman Show
Inside Out
Knives Out

The Office
Parks and Recreation
The Good Place
Brooklyn 99
Supergirl
One Day At A Time
Atypical
Friends

Meryl Streep
Zendaya
Anne Hathaway
Justina Machado

Education  

School

B.A. – Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Irvington High School

High School Diploma


Clubs and Communities

Speech & Debate

President

Political Student Action Committee

President


Academic Interests

Political Science
Business
Economics
Public Policy
Management
Philosophy
Entrepreneurship

Extracurricular Activities

Oxford Union
Oxford Finance Society
Oxford Women in Business