Celia Riley studied political science at the University of South Florida where she earned an undergraduate degree in 2006 and a Master of Public Administration in 2008. She moved to Washington, D.C. to work as a political operative and has played a key role in House campaigns and opposition research projects nationwide.
After returning from a 2011, dual-narrative trip to the Holy Land, Celia searched for ways to become involved with advocacy on the issue. In 2013, she combined her love of running with exposing the reality of the occupation and its effects on both Israeli and Palestinian societies. Celia began leading groups to go and see for themselves, where team members spend a week learning from organizations that pursue peace, justice, and non-violence in the midst of conflict. At the end of their week, the group volunteers at or runs the Palestine Marathon in solidarity with the basic right to freedom of movement. She is one of few participants to run each year since the inaugural race and loves connecting people to the local church and activists.