Joshua Rivera



Data and Policy Advisor

Poverty Solutions at University of Michigan


Joshua Rivera provides data analysis, policy research, and program implementation assistance to City of Detroit partners as a data and policy advisor at Poverty Solutions. Prior to working at Poverty Solutions, he was a dually appointed fellow at the Mayor’s Office, City of Chicago and Education Pioneers, where he worked on evaluating and improving workforce development and education initiatives. Josh currently sits on the strategic advisory board of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL). He is also on the board of FIERCE Empowerment, a human services non-profit organization in Detroit, and on the executive board of New Leaders Council (NLC) – Detroit. In the past few years, he has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival, published in the New York Times, and cited in the Washington Post, the Economist, and Slate. Josh is a proud alumnus of the Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship and is first-generation Saluki and Wolverine with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Southern Illinois University and a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
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