Riley Gantt, 16, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is currently a junior at Laurel Springs Gifted and Talented Academy. Riley has been running the nonprofit organization Rainbow Pack since she was ten years old. She has also recently launched a second project called Just Start The Conversation, through which she has been invited to speak to elementary school students all over California. Riley is also a member of the youth advisory board for Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Making Caring Common. When she is not working on one of these projects, Riley loves reading, writing, photography, and playing guitar.