Yesenia Rivera is Solstice Initiative’s Executive Director. She is a community organizer with years of experience working with frontline and under-resourced communities and 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, she began her journey working with low to moderate-income families as a Student Attorney in the Community Development Clinic. 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. In addition, she is an outspoken advocate for a just transition and eliminating barriers to clean energy.
Yesenia lives outside the District of Columbia. She enjoys historical fiction and spending time with her husband and their dog when she is not working on transforming our energy system.