Joshua Rivera

Joshua Matthew Rivera

Joshua Matthew Rivera
Director of Government and External Relations

Mr. Joshua Rivera is the Director of Government and External Relations and a member of the President’s Cabinet at Hostos Community College, part of the City University of New York.  Mr. Rivera serves as a member of the CUNY Legislative Action Committee, representing the University system as well as Hostos Community College before various legislative bodies, working with City and State legislative leaders, the Bronx Borough President, and key members of Congress.

Previously, he served in a similar capacity representing The New York Botanical Garden, advocating and promoting the accomplishments of The New York Botanical Garden as one of New York City’s premiere cultural institution, working closely with the Mayor’s office, the Borough President, the City Council, state legislators and members of Congress. While at the Garden, he successfully lobbied the Department of Environmental Protection to correct a design flaw in the City’s mapped road design bordering the perimeter by constructing a natural wetland on the grounds of the Garden, the first of this type ever in the Bronx.

Joshua has served as Chief of Staff to Council Member Leroy Comrie, the former Deputy Majority Leader of the New York City Council, Constituent Services Director for former State Senator Vincent J. Gentile and continues to teach in the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Policy at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Joshua currently serves as Secretary to the board of the Staten Island Institute on Disabilities, is a member of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern New York Chapter, is a member of the Community Advisory Board for Spring Bank, and is an active member of the Richmond County Democratic Organization.

Joshua is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and currently resides on Staten Island with his wife Christie Love and their two year old daughter, Emma Grace.