Carlos Rivera MSW ’94 Takes New Position in Austin, Texas

With 21 years of experience in the health and wellness field and demonstrating a proven skill for innovation, performance management and leadership, Carlos Rivera MSW ’94 was tapped to be the new Director of Health and Human Services in Austin, Texas. In his new position, Carlos will supervise a staff of more than 500 in a department with an operating budget of approximately $64 million.

Carlos Rivera, MSW '94

“We are so happy for your success and sad for our loss. Your new position speaks highly of your leadership and contributions to the City of Hartford. The School of Social Work continues to be very proud of you,” says Dean Salome Raheim.

Appointed Director of Health and Human Services for the City of Hartford in 2007, Carlos oversaw a range of services including community and senior services, disease prevention, health promotion, environmental health, maternal and child health, and arts and culture. In 2008, he chaired a task force that studied the needs of uninsured residents in Hartford. Healthcare providers, insurers, medical experts and community leaders came together to explore ways for the city of Hartford to partner with the private sector in the hopes of improving health outcomes in the community. The findings of the group’s work led to the “Healthy Hartford Campaign”, a city-wide initiative that focused on building model programs that improve health outcomes for all residents. This campaign received the Surgeon General’s “Champion Award” for addressing childhood obesity in Hartford.

Additional information on Carlos Rivera can be found on our Alumni Leaders Making a Difference page.