Richard Rivera

As the Chief Program Officer, I am responsible for developing national initiatives and building strategic partnerships that support our 10 Affiliates, their staff and the thousands of Dreamers across the country. With over 30 years of education, I have spent half of my career creating and leading college access and retention programs founded on Excellence and Academic Development for our black and brown youth in New York City.

As a founding member at Bronx-based nonprofit HERE TO HERE, I created a platform that unites employers, educators, and community-based organizations to connect young people to family-sustaining careers and create a thriving and inclusive economy. Placing over 1,100 Bronx high school students in summer career exploration programs and internships. I am eager and thrilled to bring my expertise to a National initiative and expand our reach.