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Teresa Rivero to speak at Commencement 2017
two students in cap and gown for commencement

Oxford College of Emory University holds commencements exercises each spring to honor Oxford students before they move on to Emory University's Atlanta campus.

Teresa M. Rivero 85Ox 87B 93MPH will deliver the keynote address at Oxford College’s 172nd commencement exercises on Saturday, May 6. Rivero is the lead senior program officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an Emory University trustee.

Teresa M. Rivero

As part of the foundation’s College-Ready team, Rivero focuses on systems grant making that advances the mission of raising the national high school graduation rate and helping all students—regardless of race or family income—graduate prepared for college.

Prior to joining the foundation, Rivero was a grant officer for the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and affiliated foundations. She worked for the Latin American Association as the director of education and as a program manager for the Whitefoord Elementary School–based health clinic. She’s a graduate of Emory University, where she earned a BBA in finance and a master’s of public health as well as an MBA from Georgia State University.

Rivero served on the Emory Alumni Board, including a term as president. She has a strong record of public service, which includes serving in the Peace Corps in Honduras; coaching a youth soccer team; and participating in the American-German Marshall fellowship.

She was elected an alumni trustee in 2007 and a term trustee in 2012.

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