Managing Director of Santa Clara County
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY)
Susie currently serves as the Managing Director of Santa Clara County for Fresh Lifelines for Youth and has been with FLY since 2001. Over the years, Susie has worn many hats from overseeing programs, bridging programs and development, and working with partners in our community and systems. Throughout her tenure at FLY she has always remained grounded in the importance of youth voice, youth transformation, and overseeing all youth voice initiatives internally and externally. Additionally, Susie is a Lecturer at San Jose State University in the College of Health and Human Sciences, teaching in the departments of Justice Studies and Health Science/Recreation for classes titled Drugs and Society, Juvenile Justice, Justice Management and Ethics, Media and Justice, Corrections and Society, Penal Policy, Race, Class, Gender, and the Law, and JS100W/HPRF writing workshop. She has been teaching since 2007 and through her teaching she hopes to impact the next wave of individuals who will be working in the system to utilize a human rights approach while being positive change agents with our community members. Susie is passionate about youth development, system change work, community building, and working closely with stakeholders and the community to come up with appropriate solutions to Juvenile Justice issues. Susie earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration and Sociology from San Jose State University Also, received her Master in Justice Studies where her thesis focused on the effects of incarceration on Latino families and Women in the system. In addition, Susie obtained her Juris Doctorate, her Certification as a Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC), Certification in Fundraising Management from Indiana University, and Certification as a Victim Offender Mediator. Susie was born and raised in East San Jose where she witnessed and experienced first-hand many of the issues confronting our youth. She has dedicated her career helping young people reach their best selves while simultaneously doing system change work Rivera has received awards for her efforts in the community and to name a few she received an award for Diversity Enhancement Award, Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award from the NFL, and the Outstanding Lecturer Award at SJSU.