In the summer of 2013 after completing his first year of graduate school, Israel dropped everything and took off for a solo backpacking expedition to Europe. While there he realized a few things: one, he’d rather be Lawrence of Arabia than king cubicle, and two, living in a squat with no running water, while torturous at times, can bring about some really great stories. But when he is not out in the wild, he is a researcher, a writer, an activist, and a student in National Security. He has worked and volunteered with organizations that he feels do good in the community, like Breathe California of Los Angeles County, the American Cancer Society, the Global Animal Foundation, and Green Lifestyle Network.
CONTENT CREATOR: VALERIE COOPER
Valerie graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in journalism and has years of experience writing for magazines, newspapers and public relations. She completed three years with the Peace Corps in Mozambique, where she taught English and communications at a high school and university. She received her Master’s Degree in communication for development in the UK.
FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM CONTRIBUTOR: JENNIFER HUANG