William Rafey is a California native, where he was a three-time state debating champion in high school. During his four years at Harvard, in addition to continuing to hone his skills as a member of the Harvard Debate Council, he strengthened and extended his interest in climate issues through editorial internships (in San Francisco writing case studies about green energy and in Istanbul writing about economic and energy developments), field work in South Africa, and research in Washington, DC at Resources for the Future. A staff writer for the Harvard Political Review, he has also published academic papers in Global Environmental Change and The Electricity Journal. At Harvard, Will lived in Pforzheimer House and concentrated in Social Studies, with a secondary concentration in Mathematical Sciences. He studied Part III of the Mathematical Tripos as the Fiske Scholar at Trinity College.