National Education Director
Riahl helps design and develop UFE’s Popular Economics Education materials in English and Spanish and facilitates workshops and trainings across the country.
He credits youth-lead activism with his introduction to social justice. As a kid Riahl served as president of a youth-run youth center in his rural Minnesota hometown. In a world run by adults, having a place to build youth power and voice changed the way he thought about himself and the world.
Since moving from his hometown he's had the honor of working alongside young people, students, workers, community-members and community organizations using popular education to raise consciousness and build power to confront oppression. He has worked as an organizer and facilitator in the United States, Canada, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Honduras, working on issues such as youth empowerment, fostering anti-oppressive culture within organizations, and building cross-border solidarity against inhumane U.S. foreign policies.
Riahl holds a Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership through the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Gender and Globalization from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.
He plays the banjo sometimes and cracks puns, too. Neither are popular but his friends have groan to like it.