Raiana is from Atlanta, Georgia and grew up along the Chattahoochee River where she first became interested in aquatic & marine biology. She recently graduate from New York University where she studied Environmental Studies with a minor in Game Design and received the Moore Marine Ecology and Conservation Scholarship. Raiana draws on her extensive public engagement, design, and research experience to further shark and tuna programs around the world to achieve conservation for these threatened species. She plans to pursue a Ph. D. in marine biology and work at the intersections of environmental psychology, ocean conservation, and digital media.