Steering Committee

Riley Balikian


Riley recently graduated with a master's degree in Environment and Resources and Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At UW-Madison, Riley studied sustainable community development and water resource management with an emphasis on food systems. Riley earned his undergraduate degrees in Geophysics and Biblical and Theological Studies from Wheaton College (IL), where he also completed a Spanish minor and a certificate in Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR). Riley grew up in Michigan, Texas, and San Diego, where his family currently lives. In the future, he hopes to be working to help communities and individuals reconcile relationships with each other, Creation, and their Creator. Riley enjoys playing basketball, riding his bike (he is still riding the same bike he got for his tenth birthday!), reading, and watching good movies. He picked up volleyball in high school and has recently been learning how to farm and garden.