Riya is the Impact Research Associate at the ESG Initiative where she engages in research activities on impact investing. She will assist with the data collection and data analysis for the development of the Impact Finance Database. Prior to joining the ESG Initiative, Riya completed her double major in Economics and Political Science (Hons) at the University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, Riya was actively involved in various research projects, most notably, her honors thesis where she discerned the relationship between political reservations and women’s empowerment in rural India. She also interned at the Burkle Center for International Relations and held a leadership position in the UCLA Political Science Undergraduate Council. In her free time, Riya can be found crocheting at home or on the lookout for her next favorite coffee shop.