Teresa Rivero to speak at Commencement 2017


Teresa M. Rivero 85Ox 87B 93MPH will deliver the keynote address at Oxford College's 172nd commencement exercises on Saturday, May 6. Rivero is the lead senior program officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an Emory University trustee. 

As part of the foundation’s College-Ready team, Rivero focuses on systems grant making that advances the 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 MPH as well as 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.

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