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Magnolia Staff

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Riley Peterson

Administrative Assistant, riley@magnolia-project.org

Riley Peterson was born and raised in Sonoma County, and was in the first class of high school students to complete Magnolia Project’s Apprenticeship Program, as a 12th grade student at Geyserville New Tech Academy (GNTA)  in Geyserville. Riley graduated from GNTA as the class Salutatorian, while concurrently enrolled at the Santa Rosa Junior College.

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Michaela Banks

Program Coordinator, michaela@magnolia-project.org

Michaela Banks is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor of Arts. In 2020, she started working as an intern at the Japan America Society of Southern California as a Student Outreach Team Lead where she, alongside her team, developed "Benkyoukai", a virtual study session for high school students competing in the National Japan Bowl Competition. She later became a full-time program coordinator at Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, piloting their newly implemented "MealConnect" feature, a food donation platform that connects people who have a surplus of food, such as retailers, to local food banks. Michaela is a learner by nature and loves trying new things, but most importantly, loves learning about my community and the work that Magnolia Project does.

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Gianna Biaggi

Executive Director, gia@magnolia-project.org

Gianna Biaggi founded Magnolia Project through a High Tech High New School Creation Fellowship in 2021. She is a social entrepreneur, former teacher and administrator. Gianna has previously held roles at Abaarso School of Science and Technology and High Tech High. She has a B.A. in International Studies from Kenyon College, an M.Ed. from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, and a CTE Credential. Gianna has had professional fellowships from Future Founders and the Watson Institute, and is the 2017 winner of the Samuel Huntington Award for Public Service.

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