Raven Richard was raised in Suwanee, Georgia by a family that underscored the value of the arts. She fell in love with music and the performing arts while learning to play the violin and guitar before choosing percussion as her instrument of choice, and she performed in competitive state and district bands and orchestras as a percussionist throughout her adolescence. In pursuit of an analytically-driven liberal arts education, she attended Harvard College and graduated with a B.A. in Economics with a Music Secondary. At Harvard, Raven was the Director of Arts and Entertainment for the College Events Board, and there, she created new annual concerts and arts-based traditions for the undergraduate student body and developed a strong interest and appreciation for forms of art besides music.