How They Got There - Latinx Changemakers

This event is part of GA's Latinx Heritage Month: ¡Atrévete!

A month-long fiesta to showcase Hispanic and Latinx communities and celebrating the positive impact that they have made on modern US history. And, for the first time, General Assembly will offer our award-winning tech workshops en Español, taught by Latinx leaders!

Check out the full schedule here!

Historically, the Latinx community has faced many challenges, ranging from health, educational, economic to developmental barriers. What makes Latinx stories so special is that no matter how many obstacles existed, incredible changemakers still rose to the top.

Needless to say, these one-of-a-kind stories have inspired a plethora of Latinx professionals and paved the way for generations to come. General Assembly is honored to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month amongst these giants.

During this conversation, we’ll uncover the inspirational stories behind Latinx leaders, professionals and changemakers. Together, we’ll discuss action-oriented steps the Latinx community can take to continue breaking barriers.


About the Instructor

Mariana Costa Photo

Co-founder and CEO, Laboratoria

Mariana is the co-founder and CEO at Laboratoria, an organization empowering women who dream of a better future to start and grow careers in technology. With learning centers across Latin America, Laboratoria is helping shape a more diverse, inclusive and competitive digital economy in Latin America that can create opportunities for every woman to develop her potential. For her work as a social entrepreneur Mariana has been named one of Peru's leading innovators by the MIT and one of the world's most influential women by the BBC . She holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University in New York.

Pedro J. Rivera, Esquire Photo

Senior Director, Individual Giving, UNIDOS US

Pedro J. Rivera, Esquire, joined UNIDOS US in 2019 as the Senior Director of Individual Giving. Pedro's responsibility is to build a first-in-class Individual Giving program. Pedro's responsibilities include cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of Individual Giving donors who support UNIDOS US in Washington DC.

Before joining City Year Greater Philadelphia, Pedro served at the Miami Children's Hospital Foundation in 2010 as a Director of Development and Planned Giving. His primary focus is to form new philanthropic alliances to benefit Miami Children’s Hospital. He previously served as a consultant for non-profit organizations through his own company, PJR Consulting. Before that, he served as Vice President, Wealth Relationship Officer for Wachovia Wealth Management-Legal Specialty Group. He worked with large multinational and international law firms and provided their attorneys with private banking services. Before that, he was V.P. at PNC Bank.

During his career, Pedro was a former board member of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC), where he served as the board sponsor to the GPHCC Latino Professional Mentoring Network.

He is the Past President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and Region IV, Past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

Pedro received his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law and his B.S. degree in business administration from the Univerisity of South Florida. Pedro is a member of the District of Columbia, the Hispanic National Bar Association, the National Capital Planning Council, and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning.

Specialties: Non-Profit development/planned giving and Board Governance experienced, Recruitment, and Diversity training. Estate and Financial Planning.