Staff / Nyasha Rivera

Nyasha Rivera, Program Director of Workforce Development 

Nyasha Rivera is an experienced advocate, educator, and community organizer who joined WPA in July 2015 as a Case Manager in JusticeHome, WPA’s alternative to incarceration program for court-involved women in NYC.  In addition to providing intensive case management services, Ms. Rivera has also served as the program’s lead group facilitator for Moving On, an evidence-based intervention for justice-involved women.  Ms. Rivera was promoted to WPA’s Manager of Vocational Services in 2017, Manager of Workforce Development in 2018, and Program Director of Workforce Development in 2019.  In this role, Ms. Rivera oversees Working It Out, WPA’s new employment program for justice-involved women, in addition to developing other innovative vocational opportunities for women.  Ms. Rivera is also trained and experienced in motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and gender-responsive assessments and interventions.  Prior to joining WPA, Ms. Rivera co-founded Sisters Building Sisters in Brooklyn, a women and girls empowerment organization that she continues to operate.  Ms. Rivera has a Master of Public Health Degree and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree. 

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