Lourdes A. Rivera is recognized leader in the fields of health law and policy, women’s rights, and sexual reproductive health and rights. Ms. Rivera is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, where she teaches a graduate level course in health and human rights. Before joining the Columbia University faculty, Ms. Rivera was as Senior Program Officer for the Ford Foundation where she designed, implemented and managed the sexual and reproductive health and rights the U.S. and Global initiatives with field office partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America using social justice and human rights approach. Also at Ford, Ms. Rivera managed an annual U.S. and Global grants portfolio of up to $13.4 million and worked with grantees and donor colleagues to leverage funding and joint efforts.
Before her tenure at the Ford Foundation, Ms. Rivera was managing attorney at the Los Angeles office of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP). She created NHeLP’s Initiative to Promote Access to Reproductive Health Care for Low-Income Women, which she directed for more than 10 years. She has served on the action board of the American Public Health Association (APHA) as section counselor to APHA’s Population, Family Planning and Reproductive Health Section and as a member of its Latino Caucus.