Shawn Rivera grew up in the California Mojave Desert and Coastal Communities of Orange County and the San Francisco Bay. He has also lived in the rainforests of Belize, sub-tropical forests of Georgia, deserts of Kuwait, and the plains of Oklahoma. Shawn earned his degree in Philosophy at the University of San Francisco, California. His interest in American transcendental philosophers such as Emerson and Thoreau fostered a deep appreciation for the natural environment. Shawn attained the rank of Captain in the US Army, where he managed many multi-million-dollar IT network infrastructure projects across five countries in the Middle East. In this capacity, Shawn witnessed the ugly realities of water scarcity and environmental injustice. Shawn is currently a second-year law student at the University of Oregon. His interests center on environmental policy at the intersection of energy, natural resources, and the environment.
Shawn is also the LAW/PIELC webmaster.