May 02, 2018
Toni Rivera,Pres/Ch Exec, Centro Hispano Milwaukee
The Impact of Immigration

Toni K. Rivera obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Education from the University of WI-Milwaukee and completed her Master’s of Science in Business Management in 2007 from Cardinal Stritch University. Ms. Rivera has over twenty-four years of non-profit management and executive experience and expertise working with underserved populations, at-risk children and families and advocating for social justice and self- sufficiency across non-profit sectors.  As a Latina, Ms. Rivera is bilingual in Spanish and English. Specific expertise includes program and community development, grant writing experience and community partnership/relationship development. Ms. Rivera spent nearly 10 years at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin managing nationally recognized violence prevention and intervention program, Project Ujima. Additionally, Ms. Rivera is a founding member of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (NNHVIP) started in 2009. Currently, Ms. Rivera is serving as the President and Chief Executive Director at Centro Hispano Milwaukee (Council for the Spanish Speaking, Inc.) advocating for the Latino population through dual language early childhood education including early head start and head start programs, elderly housing, adult education, immigration and community services. In this role, Ms. Rivera provides the vision and oversight of the programs and services offered through Centro Hispano Milwaukee and is a content expert on community issues of poverty, immigration, education, community violence and trauma. Ms. Rivera lives in Milwaukee and is married with two beautiful daughters.