Irene Rivera Goyco is an Academic Program Advisor for Puerto Rico and Federal Programs at The Washington Center (TWC). In this capacity, Ms. Rivera advises TWC on government relations and business development opportunities; independently manages two prestigious internship programs, serving as a liaison between TWC and the Government of Puerto Rico to ensure compliance with program-specific requirements; and mentors more than 100 students in Puerto Rico and Federal programs annually. In addition, she is in charge of developing academic curriculum and guiding students through the creation of the “Puerto Rican Development Project,” a public policy project in which students must identify a challenge that is currently impacting Puerto Rico politically, economically or socially and propose a plan of action to address it. The purpose of this project is to prepare the next generation of Puerto Rican leaders to play an active role in the future of the island.
Ms. Rivera was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Prior to moving to Washington DC, she worked as an attorney for the Legal Affairs Office of the Capital City of San Juan, directly advising the former Director, who currently serves as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, in matters related to Contracts, Legislation and Administrative Law. Prior to that, she was the lead law clerk to the former Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Puerto Rico, the highest ranking Judge in a court composed of forty judges.
Ms. Rivera holds an LL.M. degree in Government Procurement Law from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In 2010, she earned her J.D. in the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, graduating with honors (cum laude). Her B.A. in Communications is also from the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated magna cum laude. During her college years, Ms. Rivera did two semester study abroad programs: one in the University of Complutense in Madrid, Spain and other one at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.