Riley grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Lincoln-Way North High School in Frankfort, IL in 2015 and from there, went on to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from Marquette University in May of 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and English Literature, with a minor in French Language. Riley is a first-year AmeriCorps member who spent the summer of 2019 at Y.O.U as a full-time youth worker for the summer program with the Evanston Middle group.
In her free time, Riley enjoys reading, playing rugby, collecting vinyl records, and watching Marvel movies.