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DC Alliance of Youth Advocates
Executive Director

As the Executive Director of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, Ms. Riden leads a dynamic team of policy experts and youth advocates in facilitating a robust network of informed and mobilized youth, parents, direct service providers, community based organizations and other civil society partners. She leads DCAYA’s strategic communication, robust outreach, and exceptional research and analysis to inform and influence lasting systemic change that improves outcomes for all youth in the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining DCAYA Ms. Riden gained more than 10 years of direct service, advocacy and policy formulation experience in both the education and social service sectors. Ms. Riden holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Tufts University, a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst and a certificate in International Relations from Mt. Holyoke College. She is originally from Huntington VT.