Julia Rivera was promoted to Vice President of External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives in January of 2021 and continues to spearhead and manage Congreso’s communications, marketing, community and advocacy work. Prior to being promoted, Julia served as External Affairs Director for three and a half years during which she significantly increased Congreso’s social media presence and digital marketing efforts and served as Chair of the newly established Staff Appreciation Committee developing a volunteer committee to promote staff engagement and self-care. In August of 2020, Julia was selected as a Coors Light Líderes Finalist. She was one of twelve emerging Latino leaders across the United States nominated and selected for their civic leadership and who through their words and actions establish noteworthy improvement in the lives of individuals, communities and organizations.
Julia grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland but left the Washington D.C. area to attend Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where she spent seven years living, working, and studying. In 2014, she graduated from Trinity College summa cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology, Economics, and Urban Studies in 2014 and an M.A. in Public Policy with honors in 2017. Julia completed her masters while working full-time at the College as the Community Relations Manager in the Office of the President. In addition to supporting the President’s Chief of Staff in the day-to-day operations of the President’s Office, Julia worked to support and promote community engagement, partnerships, and opportunities for collaboration between Trinity and community stakeholders at the neighborhood and city level. Prior to this role, Julia worked as a consultant for Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) assisting the Executive Director with various projects.
While in Connecticut, Julia served as a volunteer with the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut’s Readers Program at Burns Latino Studies Academy. In addition, Julia served as a coach and mentor to young women at the Trinity College Boys & Girls Club, working to spread the game of field hockey to the underserved Puerto Rican community in Hartford. Julia has been a lifelong athlete playing field hockey for four years while at Trinity and representing Puerto Rico as a member of the Puerto Rican National Women’s Field Hockey Team since 2008. She was honored to participate in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and most recently competed in the Hockey Series Open in Guanajuato, Mexico in 2018. Now established in Philadelphia, Julia looks forward to exploring new volunteer and community engagement opportunities.