Marta Rivera was appointed Interim Commissioner of Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) in September 2021. She has over 25 years of experience working in communities throughout Boston. Most recently she served as the Chief of Staff to the Health and Human Services (HHS) cabinet in Boston. HHS is the City’s largest cabinet, consisting of 10 departments, including the Boston Public Health Commission, Office of Veteran Services, BCYF, and Office of Fair Housing and Equity. In this role, Ms. Rivera worked closely with the cabinet Chief to promote the health and well-being of the city's residents, especially those with the greatest needs.
Ms. Rivera’s professional career has included work in the public and nonprofit sectors. Leveraging every opportunity to address and impact some of the most critical issues in Boston, she has held leadership positions at BCYF, Greater Boston Latino Network, and The Boston Foundation. Additionally, Ms. Rivera was a Parenting Educator with Families First Parenting Programs for 13 years. Families First provides training to parents who have limited access to parenting resources. In this role, she facilitated hundreds of workshops on a variety of topics including, positive discipline strategies, bullying, and the impact of violence on children.
Born and raised in Boston, Ms. Rivera has been involved with numerous civic groups and organizations. Currently, she is the Board President of Sociedad Latina, a nonprofit organization that addresses pressing issues facing Latino youth today through a vast array of programs. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of The Food Project, an organization that aims to engage communities in building sustainable food systems.
Of Puerto Rican descent, she is deeply committed to issues affecting urban families, youth and the Latino community. Through her work and volunteer service, she strives to make a significant difference and contribution to the future of Boston.