Thomas Rivera
Milken Scholar 2013
Scholar Profile

Thomas Rivera

Nonprofit Management


Thomas Rivera is currently Special Assistant to the President and Board Liaison at Excelencia in Education, a national nonprofit with a mission to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.

Prior to Excelencia, Thomas worked in the Cisneros for Congress campaign in the most expensive, non-special election, House race in American history and what Politico coined, “the weirdest race in the country.” Upon the successful election of Representative Cisneros, Thomas transitioned from politics into policy. He entered the 116th Congress as Legislative Correspondent for Rep. Cisneros, building and overseeing the mail program, being directly responsible for 135,353 letters to constituents. During the 2nd Session of the 116th Congress, Thomas became a Legislative Assistant supporting Rep. Cisneros with several issues including Agriculture/Nutrition, Animals, Diversity, Energy/Environment, Financial Services, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Postal, and Small Business.

Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College with a double major in Politics and Economics.

High school:  Bishop Amat Memorial High School


College Year Degree
Pomona College
Claremont, CA
2017 B.A. Political Science and Economics