Rad Cunningham’s Path from Bugs, to Bikes to Buildings

Rad Cunningham’s path to public service was an adventurous one. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, he was not quite sure what to do next. He took a leap and joined the Peace Corps, serving in Paraguay as an Environmental Sanitation Volunteer, which, according to Rad, “is a fancy word for toilet builder.” However, the volunteers did not just build toilets, they also dug wells and built brick ovens to improve the ease of collecting water and cooking for rural families.