Teresa M. Rivero 85Ox 87B 93MPH

Senior Program Officer
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Washington, D.C.

rivero.jpgTeresa M. Rivero is a lead senior program officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the K–12 team, Rivero focuses on systems grant making that advances the foundation’s mission of raising the national high school graduation rate and helping all students—regardless of race or family income—graduate prepared for college.

Prior to joining the foundation, she was the grant officer for the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and affiliated foundations. Rivero worked for the Latin American Association as the director of education and as a program manager for the Whitefoord Elementary School–based health clinic. She is a graduate of Emory University, where she earned a BBA in finance and an MPH, and she earned an MBA from Georgia State University.

Rivero served on the Emory Alumni Board, including a term as president. She has a strong record of public service, which includes serving in the Peace Corps in Honduras, Central America; coaching a youth soccer team; and participating in the American-German Marshall fellowship. Rivero is also on the boards of director of the Greater Atlanta Community Foundation and the American Immigration Council. 

She was elected as an alumni trustee in 2007 and a term trustee in 2012.