State Voices

Kayla Samantha Rivera

Deputy Director of State Capacity Building

Kayla Rivera is State Voices’ Deputy Director of State Capacity Building. She works alongside the State Capacity Department to support States in developing their organizational capacity, advancing our strategic vision, and engaging in the virtuous cycle of building political power beside BIPOC communities. Prior to joining State Voices, Kayla spent over a decade working on electoral campaigns ranging from Presidential to Local elections, spanning from New York to Nevada. She is a strategist who centers her work in working poor and working class communities of color to build radical political power and shift the paradigm of the political narrative around immigration, housing rights and criminal justice reform.

Kayla is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent and is a born and raised New Yorker. She currently resides in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and hopes to adopt a Sphynx cat soon. Kayla is a Graduate of Syracuse University and a Returned United States Peace Corps Volunteer. When she is not fighting for social justice, Kayla enjoys writing poetry and cooking up vegan versions of traditional Latin dishes.

Letter from Alexis Anderson-Reed: All Black Lives Matter

The righteous rage demonstrated across the country is justified.

These uprisings are more than protest; they are a rebellion against white supremacy, racialized capitalism, a democracy that is not working, and the continued oppression, torture and murder of Black lives.

Impactful Leaders Foster Leadership in Others

At State Voices, we believe in the power of the collective and the power of transformational leadership. The best leaders are committed to amplifying more voices, supporting leadership in others, and building power with BIPOC communities.

Executive Directors of State Tables across the network exemplify these ideals. Several Executive Directors have joined State Voices over the last ten months, and they have so much to share about their collective vision for a more equitable world and a healthy democracy.

Electoral Justice and COVID-19 in Battleground States

The COVID-19 pandemic is illuminating injustices that have long existed in our society. This crisis underscores the need for a healthy democracy in which oppressed communities have a voice and get their needs met.

Learn about how a few State Tables across the country—like in Wisconsin, Nevada, Ohio, Georgia, Montana, and Louisiana—are pushing for electoral justice, mutual aid, and BIPOC political power during this time.