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Rivera ’85 Leads the Way

At the intersection of politics and economics, Dr. Sandra A. Rivera ’85 is in an echelon all her own. A teacher of leadership, adviser to political officials and advocate to minority groups, Rivera is changing the world through her role as assistant director for the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Office of Economics in Washington, D.C. and her outreach abroad. On Friday, Nov. 7 Rivera delivered a Professionals in Residence lecture titled Getting a job with the Federal Government.

As assistant director, Rivera implements strategic, fiscal and long range planning and hiring and other trade research projects focused on advising Congress and the Office of the United States Trade Representative on the impact of potential trade agreements. She has been an invited speaker on both international economics and leadership issues in dozens of conferences, colleges and universities, nationally and in Latin America, Europe and The Hague.

Her recent works include “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: What is the impact of China’s WTO Accession on India’s Trade, an IMF Working Paper” (June 2005); book chapter (September 2008); and “What Is the Impact of China’s Growth on India: An Economy-Wide Analysis” (June 2006).

In 2001, Rivera was a Fellow of National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Program, the nation’s distinguished leadership program selecting the top 20 Hispanic Women Leaders, completing the Executive Leadership Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at Center for Creative Leadership. In 2003-2004, Rivera was a visiting scholar at Purdue University’s premiere think tank, The Center for Global Trade Analysis.

Rivera earned her Ph.D. in international economics from University of Kentucky; her M.A. from the University of New Mexico; and a B.A. in Spanish and one in economics from William Smith College.

For more information on the event, please contact Career Services at ext. 3514.

The photo above is Rivera with Elaine Aguasvivas ’10, who interned at the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C.