For Immediate Release   

Families In Schools Announces New President & CEO, Lupe Rivera 

LOS ANGELES (October 26, 2020) – Families In Schools, a nonprofit whose mission is to involve parents and communities in their children’s education to achieve lifelong success, announced their new President and CEO, Lupe Rivera. 

Lupe Rivera brings over two decades in the nonprofit sector. She most recently served as the CEO and Executive Director of the Center for Restorative Justice Works. To ensure gender-based programming across California, serving the most underserved female institutions, Rivera secured a 1.3 million contract. She also brings several years of experience specializing in capacity building, especially programs focused on family and community engagement. 

I found my home at Families In Schools. I connect as a parent who is consistently navigating the system and as a child who witnessed her single father struggle in understanding how to support my educational success,” said Rivera. “As a first-generation higher education graduate, I am excited and honored to serve our parents, children, and community, alongside an incredible team, and board members whose authentic leadership continues to create equitable opportunities and resources necessary to achieve lifelong success. Because coming together for the betterment of our future leaders is the only way.” 

Rivera officially begins her new position as President and CEO of Families In Schools on November 2, 2020. 

“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to welcome Lupe Rivera. Her dedication and commitment to underserved communities is unequivocal,” said Shamya Ullah, Families In Schools Chair. “After a long and thorough process, the Board of Directors could not be more enthusiastic in our selection of her.” 

About Families In Schools 

Families In Schools (FIS) serves low-income, immigrant, and communities of color, knowing that education remains the single most important opportunity for them. FIS seeks to help families/caregivers become knowledgeable and confident advocates for their children’s education and authentic partners with schools. For more information visit  

Contact: Cynthia Perez,, (213) 201-3932 


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