Ozzie Rivera

Ozzie-RiveraOzzie Rivera, Advisor, Southeast Michigan program.  Osvaldo “Ozzie” Rivera was born in Puerto Rico and lived in southwest Detroit most of his life.  For more than three decades, he has been involved in community advocacy and human services. He has served as mental health director for ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services), director of Latino Family Services and dean of students at Wayne County Community College. Starting in 1998 he served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Assistant Professor at Madonna University and in 2008 started work with the State of Michigan’s Dept of Human Services, where he had oversight over Special Projects for Wayne County’s Children and Family Services. He is currently the Director of Community Engagement with Southwest Solutions. Ozzie is an amateur historian of Latin-Caribbean music, often presenting on Afro-Hispanic music, a musical style he also lectures on and performs, including as co-director of the Afro Puerto Rican drum and dance troupe, BombaRica and recently as the leader of the salsa band, La Inspiracion.  orivera@swsol.org


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