With more than 15 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Steven 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.
Steven Rivas is a Austin-based consultant at J.L. Powers & Associates. He has co-managed seven Texas-wide campaigns including two gubernatorial races.
In 2012, Rivas has consulted for seven winning Austin ISD Trustee campaigns – in which each candidate received key labor endorsements.
With a background in rapid response and crisis comms, Rivas served as the communications director at Texas for Hillary from the Super Tuesday primary through the November General 2016 election.
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.
Following his work at CNC, Rivas managed Growing LISD's Future PAC campaign in support of the Leander ISD's winning $500M school bond election in November 2017.