Senior Program Officer
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Ms. Teresa Rivero is a Lead Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As part of the College-Ready team, Ms. Rivero focuses on systems grant making that advances the foundation’s mission of raising the national high school graduation rate and helping all students—regardless of race or family income—graduate prepared for college.
Prior to joining the foundation, she was the Grant Officer for the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and affiliated foundations. Ms. Rivero worked for the Latin American Association as the Director of Education and as a Program Manager for the Whitefoord Elementary School–based health clinic. She is a graduate of Emory University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in public health, as well as an MBA from Georgia State University.
Ms. Rivero served on the Emory Alumni Board, including a term as president. She has a strong record of public service, which includes serving in the Peace Corps in Honduras, Central America; coaching a youth soccer team; and participating in the American-German Marshall fellowship.
She was elected as an alumni trustee in 2007 and a term trustee in 2012.