Q&A WITH BOARD MEMBER STEPHANIE RIVERA
Stephanie Rivera joined the WDB in July 2020 and serves on the Executive Committee and the Business & Economic Development Committee.
Q: What is your profession, and how does it intersect with workforce development?
A: I have a background in community health in underserved areas and clinical operations. With my Masters in Public Health and work experience in various organizations, workforce development is the key to success for the future. There are specific health care roles that have historically been hard to fill, including community organizations. In 2006, I chaired the School to Career Partnership Board in West Contra Costa and the keen understanding of health care, business development and communities became very clear.
Q: Why do you choose to serve on the WDBCCC?
A: In my role as the Director of Community Health Improvement for John Muir Health, with the focus on social determinants of health, I felt compelled to be of service to Contra Costa County.
Q: What aspects of your board service are you most passionate about?
A: I am most passionate about providing choices to individuals in their future. It is not just youth, but those who are making a career change out of choice or necessity. Ensuring that the business community can grow and be supported is also a passion.
Q: How do you see the WDB assisting in Contra Costa’s economic recovery from the pandemic?
A: I see the WDB being a big part in Contra Costa’s economic recovery from the pandemic in many forms. Advocacy, financial assistance and infrastructure are the three areas that are important for the WDB to support the recovery from the pandemic.