Assemblymember Medina Honors Concha Rivera as the 2019 “Woman of the Year”

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SACRAMENTO— Today, Assemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) recognized Concha Rivera as the 61st Assembly District’s “Woman of the Year” at the 2019 Assembly Women of the Year Special Ceremony.

Concha Rivera was born and raised in Mexico. She, along with her family, immigrated to the United States at twenty years old. Concha had previously attended public schools in Mexico and continued her education in the United States, obtaining a degree in Interior Design, an Associate of Arts in Business, and an Associate of Arts in fundraising from Loyola University.

At the age of twenty-two, she married her husband, Tomás Rivera, and had three children. Many may know her husband as the first Mexican-American Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside (UCR). After her husband’s death, Concha became the Acting Director of the California Museum of Photography in Riverside. She was responsible for moving the museum from the university campus to Downtown Riverside and ultimately worked with the museum for 12 years as the Director of Development.

Concha has also served on numerous boards in Assembly District 61. She has served on the board of the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside Community Foundation, and is an Emeritus of the UCR Board of Trustees. She is also the founder of the Tomás Rivera Conference and Primavera in the Gardens at the University of California, Riverside.

“Over the course of her life, Concha has made a lasting impact on the Inland Empire,” said Assemblymember Jose Medina. She has championed arts and education, helping to raise the profile of Riverside and give back to the larger community. Concha is committed to continuing the legacy left by her late husband, Tomás Rivera, through the establishment of the Endowed Chair at UCR and education fellowships in his name. I am honored to recognize Concha Rivera as Assembly District 61’s ‘Woman of the Year.’”


CONTACT: Kelly Reynolds (916) 319-2061