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 Congreso’s External Affairs Director for three and a half years during which she significantly increased Congreso’s digital marketing efforts and social media presence, coordinated the agency’s civic engagement work, supported program teams across all service areas, and lead new initiatives to cultivate staff engagement. 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.
Prior to Congreso, Julia was the Community Relations Manager at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut supporting the President’s Chief of Staff in the day-to-day operations of the President’s Office and working to support and promote community engagement, partnerships, and opportunities for collaboration between Trinity and community stakeholders at the neighborhood and city level. Julia also graduated from Trinity College summa cum laude with a B.A. in Sociology, Economics, and Urban Studies and an M.A. in Public Policy which she earned while working full-time. Julia continues her education and is currently enrolled in Cornell’s Corporate Communications Certificate Program.
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. Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland and now established in Philadelphia, Julia looks forward to exploring new volunteer and community engagement opportunities.