Dan Rivera, Mayor of Lawrence, MA, to Speak at Conference on Dominican Affairs Sun., Feb 12th.

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 9am – 4pm, Rutgers University’s School of Law in Newark, NJ


Newark, NJ– Dan Rivera, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts, will speak at the 17th Annual Conference on Dominican Affairs (CODA) slated to take place on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Rutgers University’s School of Law located at 123 Washington Street Newark, NJ.

Dan Rivera, Mayor of the City of Lawrence, MA.

The theme of the Conference this year is Our Legacy in USA /Nuestro Legado en USA.

“Mayor Rivera is a very good example of a new cadre of emerging leaders who are not only making their mark, but also building our legacy, while engrossing the pages of our history in the United States,” said Dr. Maria Teresa Montilla, President of The Institute for Latino Studies.

Mayor Rivera will travel from Lawrence, MA to Newark, NJ to speak at the youth forum at 10am and also at the plenary session at noon.

CODA 2017 Program  (Subject to change)

The Conference on Dominican Affairs is a signature event of the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). This year, ILS has partnered with UNIVISION, PSE&G, the Dominican American National Roundtable, Babylion Production, LLC, the Common Roots Project, the Latino Leadership Alliance (LLANJ), the National Dominican American Council and other organizations to discuss our legacy in USA. Over three hundred participants from the Tri-State Area and beyond are expected to attend.

The program lists diverse speakers including doctors, elected officials, scholars, community activists and the national leadership of the Dominican American National Roundtable and the National Dominican American Council. Confirmed presenters include Dr. Silvio Torres-Saillant from Syracuse University, Dr. Irma Nicasio from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, newly elected Rhode Island State Senator Ana Quezada, San Juan Municipal Legislator Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, President of the Dominican American National Roundtable, Daisy Baez, the first Dominican American elected in the State of Florida, Paterson Councilman Alex Mendez and dozens of other elected and community leaders from across the United States.

To attend the Conference, RSVP is required. RSVP here or via: www.instituteforlatinostudies.org

Dan, 42, is the son of a single mother who emigrated from the Dominican Republic to find a better life for her family by working in area mills. He is of Dominican/Puerto Rican descent.

As a youth Dan was a Boy Scout, a US Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol Cadet, newspaper delivery boy for the Eagle Tribune, Co-chair of LHS Model United Nations, and high school Senior Class Secretary.

After high school Dan served the United States as a Military Police officer in Germany where he was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. When he returned home, Dan worked his way through college on the GI Bill at University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he received his Bachelor’s Degree. While at UMass Amherst, Dan was a dorm resident assistant and was elected by his fellow students to represent them on the Board of Trustees for the University of Massachusetts system.

Dan has worked many jobs in his life, but one of his proudest accomplishments was becoming manager of the public housing project he grew up in. During his time as a project manager, Dan went to school nights and weekends to earn his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University.


He later worked as Economic Development Director for Congressman Marty Meehan before joining the private sector for a career in marketing.

Previously, he served as an At Large City Councilor in the City of Lawrence, MA. He was elected Vice President of the Council during his second term and chaired the Budget and Finance Committee for three years. Dan led the Council in finding close to $500,000 to fund police positions during the worst of the City’s financial crisis, and initiated a successful campaign to cut the City Council’s pay as a sign of fairness and shared sacrifice during tough budget times. Dan has worked to make the City services more responsive, more transparent, and financially healthy.


Dan is a member of the Board of Trustees for Northern Essex Community College where he has played a supporting role in the expansion of the college’s Lawrence campus.


Dan is married to Paula King Rivera.




The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS), dedicated to quality research and advocacy for a better society, is a non-profit entity recognized by the federal government as a 501 (c) (3) organization. ILS believes that a solid understanding of cultural self-identity and people’s socio-economic realities is very important within a multi-cultural society focused on healthy and productive development of its communities. www.instituteforlatinostudies.org

The Conference on Dominican Affairs (CODA) is made possible thanks to the generous support of UNIVISION and PSE&G, and the collaboration of The Dominican American National Roundtable, Leadership Alliance of New Jew Jersey, and the National Dominican American Council. CODA is a signature project of the Institute for Latino Studies Research and Development (ILS). www.instituteforlatinostudies. thelatinoinstitute@gmail.com


The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is the only national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC, advocating for the socio-economic and civic development of Dominicans in the United States. DANR is presided over by a National Board of Directors led by an executive committee composed of a president, a vice president, a youth president, a chairman, a treasurer, and a vice president representing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. www.danr.org


El Concilio Nacional Dominico-Americano (NDAC) es un órgano de apoderamiento y participación cívica fungiendo en los Estados Unidos en trabajo mancomunado con la Mesa Redonda Nacional Dominico-Americana (DANR) y entidades progresistas. NDAC, dirigido por una junta nacional de directores presidida por un Chairman, está compuesto por concilios locales y regionales establecidos con la función de abogar por el avance socioeconómico y político de los dominicanos en los Estados Unidos y sus territorios, incluyendo Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes Americanas.

The National Dominican American Council (NDAC) is a civic-community-engagement and public relations entity composed of local member councils in the United States and territories, including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with the role of setting the national agenda and working jointly with the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) and progressive entities advocating for the socio-economic and political enfranchisement of all Latinos and Dominican-Americans in areas concerning education, economic development, health, immigration and community empowerment. www.ndac-us.org


The Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey is the largest and only statewide non-partisan non-profit organization composed of local, regional and state community-based organizations, leaders and professionals advocating for the socio-economic and political development of Latino diverse communities.

Visit: www.llanj.org or write to info@llanj.org or call (732) 249-0400.