With more than 15 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Rivas has a unique perspective on what it takes to affect change at all levels by developing forward-looking strategies, building consensus and partnerships, or mobilizing grassroots outreach.
Rivas has helped numerous political candidates and organizations with big picture initiatives, crafting policy and strategies, messaging and media relations. Prior to his role as a consultant, he worked at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the President George W. Bush administration. At DHS, Rivas fostered relationships with public officials in Gulf Coast areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to disseminate over $30M funding. He is known for shaking paradigms and achieving winning results.
Since 2012, Rivas has consulted for seven winning Austin ISD Trustee campaigns – in which each candidate received key labor endorsements.
In June 2017, Rivas was selected as the Advocacy Project Director at Community Not Commodity – building neighborhood-level grassroots engagement related to the city's CodeNEXT initiative.
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