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.