Environmental Justice Organizer, Make the Road Nevada
Born in Nayarit, Mexico, Jose Rivera came to the United States in his parents’ arms as a one-year-old. The family briefly lived in Fontana, California before settling in Las Vegas, Nevada where they remain to this day. As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, Jose has lived his entire life knowing his right to remain in the country in which he grew up can be taken away at any moment. The first in his family to graduate high school, he is now a student at the College of Southern Nevada majoring in elementary education. Jose has a strong passion for immigrant, LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, and youth rights, the latter of which led him to become involved in Make the Road Nevada as a member leader of the Youth Power Project (YPP), where he advocated against the school-to-prison/deportation pipeline that disproportionately impacts youth of color and migrant youth. More recently, Jose joined the Make the Road Nevada team as the environmental justice organizer, where he focuses on ensuring that voices of directly impacted families are centered in the fight for environmental equity.