Wilnelia Rivera, Founder of Rivera Consulting, Inc., seeks to unlock hearts, hands, and minds of people to collaborate on transformative public policy, deep democracy, and planning projects. Her firm works with the urban public sector (small to mid-sized nonprofits, labor unions, and local and state government) in addition to political and social justice organizations.
Before her consulting practice, she was the former organizer and political director of Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts, senior staff member to former Governor Deval Patrick, and founding director of RoxMAPP (Roxbury Massachusetts Post-Secondary Pathways).
She leverages her political campaign (501 c3, 501c4, partisan), urban planning, and project management experience to help deliver strategic results that position her clients for success. Her approach enables progress and transformative change by focusing on continuous political power building from the grassroots to the grass tops. While coaching, designing and facilitating systems of collaboration, shared learning, decision-making, and engagement.
Currently her clients are the Ayanna Pressley for Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, the Partnership for Democracy and Education, Groundswell Fund, and AVACA (Asociación Vecinos y Amigos Casco Antiguo).
She holds both a B.A. in International Relations and Women’s Studies and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University, as well as a past Mel King fellowship recipient at Massachusetts Institute for Technology’s CoLab.