residing in the territory of the Piscataway of the Nacotchtank
Yesenia Rivera has been a community organizer from the start of her career, working alongside climate-impacted communities with a passion for energy justice.
Yesenia has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey and a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia- David A. Clarke School of Law. During her time in law school. As a tenant organizer at the Latino Economic Development Center, she worked with tenants across Washington DC and helped them assert their rights under DC law. Her experience growing up in Puerto Rico and first-hand knowledge of energy insecurities led her to work in solar adoption and eliminate barriers faced when accessing clean and affordable energy.
Over the past four years, she has become a subject matter expert in Energy Democracy and Energy Equity issues, including co-chairing the Energy Democracy Project’s People’s Utility Justice Playbook. She’s also an outspoken advocate for a just transition and eliminating barriers to clean energy.