Legislative Assistant, California Immigrant Policy Center
Andrea Rivera is a Legislative Assistant at the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), where she advocates for the well-being and prosperity of California’s immigrant communities in the State Legislature. Andrea has worked on policy and budget issues related to health care, public benefits, economic security, legal services, and ending the state’s participation in the federal deportation pipeline. Prior to working at CIPC, Andrea was an education advocate with Strategic Education Services where she supported the policy work on behalf of several K- 12 school districts, community colleges, and California’s largest statewide education coalition. Prior to beginning her career in statewide policy advocacy, Andrea worked as an intern for the office of Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. Andrea is the proud daughter of immigrants and a Bay Area-native. Growing up in the Bay Area, she experienced the first-hand realities of displacement and the barriers affecting communities of color. This fueled her desire to work on issues at the core of social justice and ensure strong ties to her community. Shortly after moving to Sacramento, Andrea served on the Board of Directors for the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the diverse community needs in Sacramento’s rapidly gentrifying Oak Park neighborhood. In her two years as a Board Member, Andrea cultivated strong relationships with community-based organizations that focused on the needs of the Latino community. This inspired the Association’s annual collaboration with a community event called “La Pastorela de Sacramento”, a theater musical that celebrates Latino heritage. She also served as the Secretary and was responsible for organizing the Association’s Director meetings and elections. Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Chicano/a Studies from San Jose State University. In her spare time, Andrea loves being outdoors and in particular gardening and hiking, as well as thrifting and DIY-projects.