Profiles of Women of EPA: Sandra Rivera
Sandra Rivera, MBA, Environmental Protection Specialist and EPA’s Hispanic Employment Program Manager Council Chair
Office of Environmental Information (OEI)
Where were you born?
I was born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts. My mother is from Cali, Colombia and my father is from Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
What brought you to EPA?
I first joined EPA as a contract specialist for the Emergency Response Service Center in the Office of Acquisition Management. EPA appealed to me because I saw many opportunities to develop my leadership skills within the agency.
What type of work do you do at EPA?
I currently work as a Program Manager for OEI’s Office of Information Management, in managing the development and implementation of various IT projects for the Agency's Central Data Exchange (CDX) in support of EPA’s mission and program areas such as air, water, waste and toxic substances and functional areas such as enforcements, compliance, technical assistance and permitting. Additionally, I manage the CDX Help Desk which supports over 95 active data flows and assist in identifying improvements, performance metrics and high ticket volume to updating FAQs and User Guides. Since 2014, I have also been EPA’s Hispanic Employment Program Council Chair overseeing the Hispanic Employment Program a special emphasis program supporting Hispanic outreach efforts and diversity initiatives under OHR’s DRESD and OCR.
Prior to working in OEI, I was in OW’s Water Permits Division (WPD) under the State and Regional Branch as a Program Analyst managing online system applications and business technology tools for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. In my role, I administered the Electronic Notice of Intent (eNOI) national permit tracking system, managed budgets over $4M+, advised top management on cost efficiencies and provided recommendations to senior management on effectiveness and proficiencies to improve business services, program performance and organizational change.
Since January 2005, I have held a variety of positions within EPA, from Sr. Contract Specialist in the OAM to Information Technology Specialist in the Information Technology Service Center to Special Assistant in WPD to Acting Team Leader for the Program Management Analysis Data Team to Project Officer with the OEI.
What is your highest level of education? What was your major?
I hold a BS in International Business Management from the University of New Haven and an MBA from Trinity Washington University with a focus on business administration.
What message would you like to send women who are considering college or a career in environmental protection?
Be a risk-taker and learn to explore new environments as you venture into new destinations. Become an agent of change within your community!