Riana Gayle

Program Manager

Riana (she/her) joined the Community Foundation of Utah team in 2023, bringing with her years of experience as a researcher, organizer, and community builder. Prior to this role, she spent four years as the Analyst and Communications Specialist for the Western Rural Development Center, housed at Utah State University, where she also earned her Master of Science in Ecology. While working with the Center she applied her unique blend of talents to analyze socioeconomic trends, inform decision making, and convene stakeholders from rural communities across the Western United States.

Riana grew up in North Carolina, but has called the west ‘home’ for several years. She enjoys travel, community gatherings, and being outdoors. When she does not have a book or pen in hand, she can often be found outside on the trails or digging in her garden beds.

To date, her career journey reflects an ongoing pursuit of knowledge and a passion for building and being in community. Riana is excited to be a part of the CFU team which is affecting change, engaging in community-driven initiatives, and working alongside leaders across the state.