Ryan Huerto was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two. While growing up in diverse Southern California communities and attending Los Angeles public schools, Ryan became passionate about education, medicine, and social justice. Upon graduation from high school, he was offered a Regents Scholarship from UCLA, where he would go to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychobiology. After graduating, Ryan was accepted into Teach for America and began teaching high school Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Anatomy in South Central, Los Angeles. Despite his diverse background, Ryan was shocked at the socioeconomic disparities that he observed. This further cemented his commitment to service. Ryan earned a Masters of Urban Education Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Following teaching, Ryan began medical school at UCSD, where he was awarded a PRIME-HEq scholarship. While at UCSD, Ryan volunteered as a high school health instructor, mentored undergraduate pre-medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and was accepted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He is currently earning a Masters of Public Health at Harvard with a focus on social and behavioral determinants of health. He plans to return to his community as a family physician.In his free time, he enjoys basketball, chess, longboarding, drawing, live music, and good food.