Citlalli Rivera graduated from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy in May and is spending her summer interning at the San Antonio Chamber through the SA Works Summer Internship Program. Her interest in interning at the Chamber stemmed from her ever-present goal of improving her community. “Finding a way to contribute to the growth and prosperity of the City and everyone in it is the right thing for me to do,” Rivera explained, “San Antonio has given me many opportunities, the best way I can show my appreciation is to give back.”
Rivera has been involved with various political campaigns, and through school initiatives she has engaged elected officials about issues facing schools, young people, and families. Inspired by the high school principal at YWLA, Delia McLerran, a recent inductee to the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame, Rivera has set a long-term aspiration to run for office in the future.
During the summer she is focused on education and workforce development issues. Among her responsibilities is assisting with the development of Chairman Shaun Kennedy’s initiative, Project Ability, which seeks to coalesce the business community and school districts around the recruitment of students with special needs into the workforce. “Being a part of this team is showing me the behind-the-scenes logistics of what it takes to make meaningful change,” Rivera observed of her experience at the Chamber.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Citlalli Rivera onboard and be a part of supporting the professional development of our future leaders. For more information about internship opportunities at the Chamber, please contact Lisa Marie Gomez, VP of Education and Workforce Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.