Yashira "Yaya" Rivera counts event planning, public speaking, and fundraising among her many strengths, and she has the experience to back it. She has successfully led six-figure fundraising efforts for nonprofits, regularly produced high-budget, multi-touchpoint events, and been engaged as a public speaker by universities, schools, and nonprofits on volunteerism, self-image, political/social issues, and diversity. The fluent Spanish speaker spent the last several years with Mural Arts Philadelphia as a Special Events and Corporate Relations Manager. In this role, she leveraged her project management acumen and keen communication skills to expand the reach of the renowned nonprofit organization.
Yashira received the 2018 AL DIA Women of Merit Award and was recognized as an influential Philadelphian by the Fitler Club in 2020. She enjoys gardening, creating sustainable garments, and spending time with her husband and English bulldog Augustus.