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Hem Rizal is a former high school teacher and college adjunct who taught mathematics on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota from 2016-20. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science and minored in Mathematics and Human Rights. He is a Teach for America alum and also served as an AmeriCorps member for the Des Moines Public Schools in Central Iowa. Prior to that, he lived in a refugee camp in Eastern Nepal where he attained most of his pre-college education. He is interested in the intersection of politics, policy, and data analytics in order to leverage a more equitable, sustainable change in the lives of marginalized communities and people of color.
Mr. Rizal is a recipient of a Public Service Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he’ll begin his Master of Public Policy (MPP) program in the Fall.
Mr. Rizal has previously worked for Bhutan News Service in various capacities and is returning back to the platform as a Managing Editor.