How to Turn Your Personal Story into Effective Advocacy with Wendy Rivera (Ep. 22)
Wendy Rivera-Aguilar is the Executive Director and Policy Advisor to Latinos in Tech Innovation & Social Media (LATISM) and President of the Multicultural Education Alliance. Wendy has a strong public interest track record and a solid background in Civil Rights, Administrative Law, and Public Policy.
She was an Assistant General Counsel for a National Regulatory Firm where her portfolio included Foreign Ownership Investment Reform. She also served as Staff Counsel and Director of Hispanic Affairs for Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC).
While at MMTC, Wendy’s work was primarily focused on communication issues that have the greatest impact on the Hispanic community and women entrepreneurs. She launched their very first Immigration Reform Initiative to help generate support for comprehensive immigration reform from the large media, telecom, and broadband companies.
Prior to joining MMTC, Wendy worked as an Associate Attorney at the law firm of Hill & Ponton, P.A., where she practiced Administrative Law. Wendy is an ardent defender of civil rights and commits legal services pro bono to the community. She was a Participating Attorney for the Florida State Conferences Branch of the NAACP where her work covered Employment Discrimination, Energy, and Environmental Policy issues.
Wendy has a solid record of active participation in the community. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Orange County Advisory Board, sits on the board of Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (HCREO), chairs Dialogue on Diversity’s Entrepreneurship IT Conference Committee, and is a contributing writer for Politic365.
Wendy earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Florida and her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to practice law in Florida and lives in Orlando with her husband and children.
In this episode we discussed
- HOW Wendy brought her personal story to her policy work and WHY you should do the same.
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