Veronica Rivera is in private practice in Austin, Texas as an attorney and as an education and government relations consultant. Ms. Rivera is the former Executive Director for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) based in Washington, D.C. where she was responsible for the strategic planning, fundraising, advocacy, professional development of school leaders, and daily operations of the organization. Ms. Rivera serves as a member of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education’s Advancing Equity in Career and Technical Education Technical Working Group. She has previously served as a peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education Race To The Top District program and for the second round of state waiver applications to the No Child Left Behind Act (reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act).
Ms. Rivera previously served as Legislative Staff Attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) in Washington, D.C. Her work at MALDEF focused on education policy covering early childhood through adult education issues affecting the Latino community. Ms. Rivera has also served as the Co-Chair of the Hispanic Education Coalition. She is a noted speaker on the topics of education reform, college and career readiness and is an expert in the area of leadership and organizational development. Ms. Rivera has also worked in private practice in Texas as a municipal and real estate law attorney.
A former school teacher, Ms. Rivera previously was elected to the Austin Community College (ACC) Board of Trustees where she served as secretary and vice-chair. She has served on the Advisory Council of the ACC Center for Public Policy and Political Studies, the Board of Directors of the ACC Foundation, the Foundation Board of the Texas Community College Teachers Association, and served as the Chair of the City of Austin and AISD’s Joint Task Force on Education and Quality of Life for Hispanic Students. She is the co-founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, an international network for Hispanic women. A first-generation Mexican-American and native of Brownsville, Texas, Ms. Rivera graduated with honors from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas with a Teacher Certificate in Broad Social Studies. She received a Master’s in Business Administration from Texas State University in San Marcos and her law degree from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.