Catarina Rivera was born and raised in Maryland. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Masters Degree in Dual Language/Bilingual Education from Bank Street College. She also earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy in 2016 and was named the valedictorian. After working as a teacher in the Bronx and Harlem for 4 years, she founded a nonprofit program called Healthy Kids in the Heights to improve the health of families in Washington Heights. After that, she worked as a health coordinator at Harlem Children’s Zone. Currently, Catarina works for City Harvest as a Manager in their Healthy Neighborhoods program in Washington Heights and Inwood, where she focuses on increasing access to healthy food and organizing residents to take action on this issue as part of the Washington Heights/Inwood Food Council. Catarina has contributed her writing to online blogs and has experience in public speaking and workshop facilitation.