Joshua Rivera provides data analysis, policy research, and program implementation assistance to City of Detroit partners as a data and policy advisor at Poverty Solutions. Prior to working at Poverty Solutions, he was a dually-appointed fellow at the Mayor’s Office, City of Chicago and Education Pioneers, where he worked on evaluating and improving workforce development and education initiatives. Rivera currently sits on the strategic advisory board of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. He also is on the board of FIERCE Empowerment, a human services nonprofit organization in Detroit and on the executive board of New Leaders Council – Detroit. In the past few years, he has spoken at the Aspen Ideas Festival, written for The New York Times, and been cited by Washington Post, The Economist, and Slate. Rivera is a proud alumnus of the Public Policy and International Affairs fellowship and is a first-generation Saluki and Wolverine with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Southern Illinois University and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.