Ariana Constant was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from Cornell University in 2009 with a B.S. in natural resources, she joined the Peace Corps. She worked as an agroforestry volunteer in Senegal to promote the adoption of agroforestry technologies by local farmers to improve food and environmental security and make tree farming profitable. After two years in a rural village, Ariana extended her service to become the Peace Corps volunteer leader for the agroforestry department. Upon completion of her Peace Corps service, Ariana returned to Cornell to pursue a master's degree in international agriculture and rural development. Her thesis focuses on the effectiveness of forestry extension methods to smallholder farmers in Senegal, and barriers to these farmers adoption of agroforestry technologies.
Ariana is the associate director of program development and strategy with the Clinton Development Initiative.