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Gibran Rivera Bio

Gibran Rivera

Gibrán Rivera has devoted his life to the idea of democracy and to the work of emancipatory politics. He is a graduate of Boston College and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and has been recognized for his scholarship as well as his grassroots work for social transformation. Gibrán has led community engagement work at Roxbury’s La Alianza Hispana, served as Executive Director of Iniciativa – the Massachusetts Education Initiative for Latino Students, and has taken time away from the social sector to explore the life of a start-up entrepreneur.  Gibrán was a candidate for the Boston City Council in what was widely recognized as a movement building campaign and a new approach to politics. He served as the founding board chair of MassVOTE and as a director on the Board of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and he currently serves as President of the Board of the Center for Nonprofits and Voting.  At IISC, where Gibrán focuses on the application of network theory to the work of social change, he is committed to what he calls “this current paradigm shift” and to finding out what it really looks like to build “beloved community.”