February 12, 2007
Teresa Maria Rivero joins Board of Trustees
BY beverly clark
Emory University’s Board of Trustees appointed Emory alumna Teresa Maria Rivero as a new trustee during the board’s winter meeting Feb. 8. Rivero serves as a program officer in the Washington, D.C., office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation working in the area of urban education and philanthropy. She previously was a grant officer with the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation in Atlanta.
Rivero was elected as an alumni trustee and will serve until 2013. Alumni trustees serve six-year terms and are nominated by the Emory Alumni Board for election by the board of trustees. Elections are then affirmed by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Rivero joins four other trustees appointed in recent months, including: Ruth J. Katz, an Emory alumna and dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and the Walter G. Ross Professor of Health Policy; Charles “Pete” McTier, renowned philanthropy director and retired Robert W. Woodruff Foundation president; John G. Rice, General Electric vice chairman; and Diane Wilkins Savage, Emory alumna and Stanford University business law professor and attorney.
Rivero is a graduate of Emory’s Oxford College and Goizueta Business School, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1987. She also earned a master’s of public health degree from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory and an MBA from Georgia State University.
A native of Miami, Rivero has been deeply involved in service to the University and greater community. She is a past president of the Emory Alumni Board and currently chairs the board’s campaign committee. She also serves on the Rollins School of Public Health Dean’s Council and is a member of the Emory Comprehensive Campaign Cabinet. She was a 10-year member of the Goizueta Business School’s alumni association board and served on Emory’s board of visitors.
As part of a nine-member Emory team, Rivero participated in the six-day European AIDS Vaccine Bike Ride in 2002 to raise funds for AIDS research at the Emory Vaccine Research Center, cycling more than 500 miles between Amsterdam and Paris. Rivero also served two years in the Peace Corps and while in Atlanta, she volunteered with the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, Central Atlanta Progress, Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia.