Highlights: Ryan comes to the Fellowship with the enduring belief that local resource independence and equitable community collaboration can go a long way towards solving global poverty and strengthening climate resiliency. While studying Environmental Science and Spanish at Doane College in Crete, NE, Corrigan founded Crete Community Gardens, a community organization focused on growing cheap, healthy food for low-income Hispanics and community empowerment. He spent the previous year as a Fulbright Fellow in Kolkata, West Bengal, teaching English grammar, poetry and literature to middle school students. Following this experience, he traveled for two months visiting experienced organic farmers and documenting their philosophies, techniques and successes. Along the way he found grassroots organizations such as Kheti Virasat Mission and Darjeeling Prerna gaining overwhelming strides in sustainable agriculture and economic empowerment through collaboration. Corrigan is also certified in Permaculture design and is a skilled photographer/videographer.