Yadira Rivera came to First Nations as an intern during the summer and fall of 2015 and worked on several large projects, including the annual L.E.A.D. Institute Conference and the Food Sovereignty Summit. She then joined the staff in October 2015 as a full-time Program Assistant, and became Grants and Program Assistant in February 2016. In August 2018 Yadira was promoted to Program Officer. Previously, she attended Metropolitan State University of Denver (Colorado) and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice/criminology.
Yadira left First Nations in 2020 to pursue and complete her J.D. She returned in 2023 as the Associate Director of Nourishing Native Foods & Health.
In her spare time, she enjoys target shooting and archery. She is a Texas Native but loves to support Colorado sports teams like the local Mammoth lacrosse team.