Riley Bright is the Executive Director of Harvest of Hope Pantry, in Boulder, CO. As a Public Health professional, Riley has spent her professional life studying and working at the intersection of health and the built environment.
Riley received her Masters in Public Health from Boston University, where she studied Health Policy, Health Behavior Change Theories, and Nutrition. While Health Policy has some of the most broad sweeping impact for individuals, it was glaringly obvious to Riley that so much of what impacts people’s health over-time has to do with the environments in which we exist. As a CO native, Riley felt compelled to return home and get involved with the Health Equity and Food Justice work happening in her community. After spending some time working in grassroots non-profit with The GrowHaus in Denver’s Globeville, Elyria-Swansea neighborhood; Riley started to get engaged with the higher-level planning and strategy at CU Anschutz Center for Bioethics and Humanities, and later Denver Health’s Center for Health Equity and Center for Health Systems Research. Ultimately, however, Riley came back to where it all started – ensuring that those in need of food can access it. As a member of the Human Services Fund Advisory Committee and The Colorado Public Health Association’s Healthy Equity Committee, Riley continues to try and impact the health of those in her community at both the grassroots and the policy levels.