Riya is a rising senior in high school and is an advocate for legislative and community-based change to further gender equality. She created the 501 c3 nonprofit, Light a Lamp, through which she has brought STEM-based education to rural Indian villages, targeting young girls who were being left out. She is passionate about menstrual equity, having testified for HB757/SB0427 to ensure that public middle and high schools provide free menstrual hygiene products in school restrooms. As a wrestler, she has worked to fight sexual harassment in coed sports through local advocacy. She is a council member on the US Center for SafeSport’s Youth Advisory Board and testified in Congress for the Title IX hearings, organized by the Office of Civil Rights. Riya is also a part of Maryland’s chapter of the National Organization for Women, where she runs the Girls/Women in Sports task force and helped organize the 2021 state conference on the intersectionality of reproductive rights.