Rivera, 52, has degrees from Princeton University, New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School. She founded and runs the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality at CUNY Law, served as a special deputy attorney general for civil rights in 2007 and 2008, clerked for then Southern District Judge Sonia Sotomayor for a year in the early 1990s, was an administrative law judge with the New York City Commission on Human Rights for about a year, worked with the Legal Aid Society's Homeless Family Rights Project for 11 months in the late 1980s.
Rivera and her husband, Audie Serrano, a marketing and promotional specialist with Immedia Mobile, a mobile marketing company, live in the Bronx.
According to a financial disclosure statement, Rivera is paid $177,213 annually as a full-time professor, but collects additional stipends of up to $8,500 annually for activities such as serving as a bar mentor or teaching during the summer. She was also paid $19,600 over the past year as an associate consultant for Rossein Associates, a human resources consulting firm run by another CUNY professor.
Rivera lists total assets of about $1.1 million, almost entirely real estate, and liabilities of $371,976, primarily mortgages.
In addition to a 2,078-square-foot primary residence in the Bronx worth $386,000, Rivera has a 2.5 acre residence in Ashland, N.Y., and a timeshare in Florida. The only liabilities listed are mortgages on her primary and secondary residences and a $7,916 automobile lease.
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