Rikki Riojas

  • Crafts
  • Tucson, AZ

Rikki Riojas was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. She has a B.A. in Mexican American Studies and History from the University of Arizona, specializing in downtown Tucson from the 1900s to today. Riojas’focus is on community and creating sustainable and equitable relationships with community members in order to preserve and elevate the deep history and knowledge present within the barrios. Since 2019, she has been a member of Los Descendientes de Tucson; she is currently their Board President and one of the two Mexican American Museum Co-Directors. Rikki has been Pima County District 5’s appointee to the Tucson Pima County Historical Commission since 2020, serving as a general member and on the Plans Review, Task Force on Inclusivity, Budget, and Celebration of Tucson Committees.

“Tucson Barrios are resilient, historic, and filled with knowledge passed on from the elders. Tucson is a midsized and growing city, yet everyone in the barrios knows each other. I look forward to bringing the knowledge of my elders and peers and their learned experiences with me to the NLI.”