Raffi has lived in Boulder since he arrived in 2014 to attend CU’s Graduate School of Education. Since then, he has been an active member of the Democratic party and has held leadership positions on over 10 political campaigns throughout Colorado. Before coming to Boulder, Raffi was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia where his father was stationed as a Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy until he retired. In 2009, Raffi began his undergraduate education at George Mason University and later transferred to Brigham Young University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. Shortly after graduation, Raffi became an Americorps Vista volunteer serving the Center Consolidated School District in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Experiencing the rich culture and deep political history of the area launched Raffi’s interest in Colorado politics, especially when it came to education. Raffi currently manages the Right to Survive Campaign in Denver, and is committed to promoting progressive issues throughout his career.