Luz Rivas has built a her career at the intersection of engineering, education and public service — most recently as founder and executive director of DIY Girls, a non-profit dedicated to increasing girls' interest and success in science and technology. Luz began her professional career as an electrical design engineer for Motorola after earning a Bachelor of Science from M.I.T. Her passion to get kids interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) led her to pursue a Master of Education from Harvard University.
For the last 15 years, Luz has worked at nonprofits, museums and universities where she has developed STEM education programs to make cutting-edge science content accessible for K-12 students.
Luz was born in Los Angeles and grew up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. She has served as a champions board member of the California Girls in STEM Collaborative and a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She serves on the Visiting Committee for the M.I.T Dean of Undergraduate Education. Luz is a graduate of Leadership LA, a program of the Southern California Leadership Network.
Luz' strengths: Environmental Initiatives from the City, Data Science used in LA government, Community Beautification, and recycling.