My name is Kat Raiano, and I’m an undergraduate at American University in Washington, DC majoring in political science and minoring in environmental science. Being from New Hampshire, my interest in politics started by working on a presidential campaign during the 2020 New Hampshire primary. Since then I’ve been interested in climate justice and Indigenous land rights.
As a student at the AU School of Public Affairs, I have had the opportunity to learn about the structures and leadership of public affairs and administration through rigorous research projects and strategic thinking. I have furthered my interest in climate policy by working with environmental groups like Sunrise AU, Fossil Free AU (two climate justice groups), and the DC Statehood movement. I’m currently working on a project that focuses on the role of Indigenous people in conservation. I’m also involved in an “Alternative Break” program centered around the stop line 3 movement.
Aside from climate advocacy, I engage in community activities like fostering civic activity in my old high school, working in the community garden, and beekeeping. In my free time I enjoy hiking, foraging, cooking, drawing, and reading.