Robert Rigonan was born and raised in sunny San Diego. He graduated in 2012 from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!), where he majored in society and environment (a social science major that uses the tools of geography, sociology, political science, political economy, and economics to critically analyze environmental issues) with a public policy minor. He focused his undergraduate studies on international environmental politics, post-colonial geographies, indigenous people’s rights, and natural-resource depletion in developing countries. His life's course changed in former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich’s class on inequality and poverty. Realizing the vast inequities in his own backyard led Robert to join Teach for America. He currently teaches sixth grade life science in the Las Vegas Valley. In his free time, Robert is an avid (and esteemed) chef in search of the perfect bite, a chronic napper, a hip-hop aficionado, and a lover of the great outdoors.
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