Dr. Paul Rivera
Dr. Paul Rivera is an expert in strategic planning and a professional facilitator focused on strengthening communities and organizations through shared visioning and action-oriented planning. As an international development economist specializing in locally-led and systems-based approaches, Dr. Rivera applies his deep expertise to securing widespread buy-in and fostering long-lasting positive impact in marginalized and underrepresented communities worldwide. As a founding faculty member at California State University Channel Islands, recently designated an HSI, Dr. Rivera was instrumental in bringing accessible and transformative higher education opportunities to Latino, migrant, and underserved students and families. A first-generation American, first-generation college graduate, and proud Latino, Dr. Rivera holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Southern California and is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.