Raymond Rivera is the senior advisor to the elected leadership team.
Ray has over thirteen years of leadership experience in political campaign management, policy advocacy, coalition building, development and grassroots organizing. He served in President Obama’s Administration at the Obama-Biden Transition, Department of the Interior and at the White House.
Before spending nearly two years on the 2008 Obama campaign, Ray was a political director and union organizer for AFSCME, America’s public employees’ labor union. His father and grandfather’s years of service as bricklayers led him to union organizing. Ray’s mother is from South Korea, but he was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico.
Ray earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government. At the Harvard Innovation Lab, Ray Co-Founded Democracy.com, a civic engagement platform that connects voter and candidates at every level.
Ray is currently the Vice President of Elected Leadership for Leadership for Educational Equity, a nonpartisan leadership development organization that empowers Teach For America corps alumni to grow as leaders in their communities.
Ray is driven by a passion for youth mentoring and is currently on the board of the Children and Nature Network and co-founded the Team Tío foundation with his brother Matt Rivera.