The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund today endorsed Dr. Sarai Rivera for re-election to the Worcester City Council, a credit to her strong commitment to the environment justice, public health and sustainability.
“Dr. Sarai Rivera is committed to strong environmental policy for Worcester and the Commonwealth,” stated ELM Action Fund Executive Director Joe O’Brien. “As a local official Dr. Rivera has been a leader on issues of environmental health and justice, has secured more than $11 million in funding to improve urban parks, and she has championed the planting of trees and building of rain gardens in her district. She has also been a leader in efforts to create community gardens and orchards and has been leading efforts to pass a comprehensive urban agriculture ordinance.”
“Sarai Rivera understands the importance of communities investing in clean energy, improving access to public transportation, and parks to help address climate change, create jobs, and build healthier communities,” said ELM Action Fund President Elizabeth Henry. “We need strong leaders like Sarai in cities and towns across the state, who are working now to create more sustainable communities.”
Dr. Rivera is a first generation Puerto Rican American, raised and educated in Worcester from kindergarten to college. She is a graduate of Worcester State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Univ. of Connecticut School of Social Work and a Doctorate in Urban Ministries from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She is the founding Director of the Shalom Neighborhood Center and currently works as a Clinical Therapist. She also serves as Co-Senior Pastor of Christian Community Church.
Dr. Rivera is a longtime community advocate and an active member of various boards and organizations. These efforts include: the Chandler Elementary Community School Stakeholders, the Worcester Clergy/Police Partnership, the Main South Promise Neighborhoods Initiative, and the Mayor’s Task Force on Immigrants and Refugees and Women Together. She was first elected to the Worcester City Council in 2011 and is currently chair the City Council's Public Health Committee.
You can learn more about Sarai and her campaign at http://sarairivera.com/.
The ELM Action Fund is a nonpartisan organization that helps pass laws that protect our environmental legacy, holds our elected officials accountable, and works to build the political power of the environmental community. To learn more about our work and our recent electoral victories go to www.elmaction.org/campaigns.