Riley Cook grew up in Chicago, Illinois and studied German and philosophy at Kalamazoo College. While studying abroad in Germany, she completed an internship teaching basic German to immigrants. Upon her return to Kalamazoo, she was well-equipped to write her senior thesis about skilled migration and the "brain drain" effect in the developing world.
After graduating, Riley worked at a corporate law firm for two years and served as a volunteer for several pro-bono immigration cases. She then returned to Germany as a Fulbright scholar in order to study the implications of the European immigration crisis on integration at a local level.
Her global team and colleagues have since inspired her to pursue the international education field in order to transform the worldview of students and catalyze other transformative research ideas. In her spare time, Riley enjoys traveling, swing dancing, and reading.
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