Karla E. Rivera has over eleven years serving in the nonprofit sector, primarily for educational institutions in high-need communities, and has worked with over 3,000 youth ages 8-21 through arts education, community organizing and advocacy, workforce development, college-readiness, and violence prevention.

Prior to joining the team at Ingenuity, she worked at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center leading the theatre program for the Barrio Arts, Culture, and Communication Academy and at Instituto del Progreso Latino in the youth development department. In her most recent role as the Director of Communications and Admissions at ASPIRA of Illinois, she was responsible for setting and guiding the strategy for communications and marketing with concentrations in advocacy.

In addition to her work in community-based organizations, she collaborates regularly with local theater companies and is a member of Free Street Theater’s Resident Artists Collective and a company member at 2nd Story.

She holds a BA from Columbia College Chicago, has studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is a graduate of the Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program, through the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.