Kathleen Rivera, Chief Development Officer, Brooklyn Community Housing & Services
Kathleen Rivera is a highly creative and results-driven non-profit executive with entrepreneurial passion, drive and vision. She has experience and expertise dedicated to increasing support bases for expanding international, domestic and local nonprofit organizations. Kathleen currently serves as the Chief Development Officer for a large supportive housing organization in Brooklyn, New York and was previously the Director of Development for CARE USA, an international humanitarian aid organization where she secured funding from high net worth philanthropist and launched the Northeast Regional Committee for CARE. Kathleen also worked for Children’s Rights, a national legal advocacy organization dedicated to the defense and protection of vulnerable children. During her tenure at Children’s Rights, she developed institutional advancement strategies and oversaw the major gift program as well as spearheaded and built a National Young Professional Leadership Council. Kathleen also helped to secure key investments for the growth of Children’s Rights Southeast Regional efforts which resulted in the creation of an Atlanta headquarters office. Prior to Children’s Rights, she worked for International Planned Parenthood Federation where she helped to raise funds for Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Direct Mail programs, which generated over 21.6 million in annual support. Kathleen is originally from Boston where she served as a community organizer for a grassroots organization dedicated to increasing the social and economic power of individuals and families through education, financial literacy, technology and arts programming. She also directed outreach programs throughout Greater Boston for community-based organizations and health professionals about gender-based violence. Kathleen attended Brandeis University, where she majored in English Literature. She is an alumnus of Local Initiatives Support Corporation Americorps (LISC) and was awarded the City Year Moccasin Award for her outstanding achievements in advocacy and community.