Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Improvement
Education and Community Leadership, School Improvement
School finance equity, Politics of education policy and privatization, Leadership for district and school improvement, College access, Alternative certification
Lecturer Texas State University Aug 2016-Present
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley; 2011
Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching, Regional Finalist; New York; 2009
Marialena is from San Antonio, Texas and taught eighth grade at a middle school in Bronx, New York before attending graduate school in Berkeley, California. She is married and has one daughter.
Scott, J., Trujillo, T., & Rivera, M. (2016). Reframing Teach For America: A conceptual framework for the next generation of scholarship. education policy analysis archives, 24, 12. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.24.2419
Trujillo, T., Scott, J., & Rivera, M. (accepted with minor revisions). Follow the yellow brick road: Teach For America and the making of educational leaders. American Journal of Education.
Trujillo, T. & Rivera, M. (2014). Review of “The effect of co-locations on student achievement in NYC public schools.” Boulder, CO: National Education Policy Center. Retrieved from http://nepc.colorado.edu/thinktank/review-effect-of-co-locations.
Rivera, M. (2016, April). Privatization policies and shifting state responsibilities in the school facilities industry. Presented in symposium at The Politics of Privatization in Education: New Governance, New Policy Networks, New Knowledge Brokers, New York City.
Rivera, M. (2016, April). Debt, taxation, & privatization: Exploring the inherent inequities of local control school facilities financing policies. Presented in roundtable session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Washington, DC.
Rivera, M. (2015, April). Consequences of privatization: School districts and their relationships with private financial consultants. Presented in paper session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago.
Rivera, M. (2015, February). Consequences of privatization: School districts and their relationships with private financial consultants. Presented in poster session at the annual meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP), Washington, DC.
Rivera, M. (2014, April). School districts and debt financing: The relationship between public finance policies and private involvement in education. Presented in paper session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia.
Trujillo, T., Scott, J., & Rivera, M. (2013, April). Teach for America and the making of entrepreneurial leaders: Race, ideology, and elite networks. Presented in paper session at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco.
Atwood J. R., Love, D., Perry, P., Rivera, M., & White, L. (2010, April). Reintroducing DCPS: We support communities to build great schools. Presented at the 2010 D.C. Public Schools Urban Education Redesign Challenge, Washington, DC.
Rivera, M. (2015, October). School district facilities financing and the sociopolitical dynamics of educational privatization. Invited presentation to graduate school finance course at The University of Texas at Austin, TX.
Rivera, M. (2013, June). Young Latino leaders: Harnessing passion to build on small successes over time. Invited keynote talk for Latino youth training, Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders, Austin, TX.
2016 José A. Cárdenas School Finance Fellow, Intercultural Development Research Association
2015-2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Finalist
2015-2016 Ford Fellowship Honorable Mention
2013 Dr. Carlos J. Vallejo Research Fellowship, AERA Conference
2013 Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
2012 Education Pioneers Fellowship
2009 Sue Lehman Excellence in Teaching, Regional Finalist – New York
2009 Outstanding Commitment Winner, Clinton Global Initiative University Conference
2015-2016 University of California Dissertation-Year Fellowship
2014-2015 Doctoral Completion Fellowship
2014-2015 Departmental Fellowship, Graduate School of Education
2013 K. Patricia Cross Collaborative Fellowship
2013-2014 Charles Benson Memorial Fund Fellowship
2011-2014 University Fellowship (awarded annually)
2011 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
2009-2010 Departmental Fellowship, Goldman School of Public Policy
2007 Doenges Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership, University of Texas
2007 Barbara Jordan Business Leadership Award, University of Texas
2007 Bill Archer Fellowship Program, Washington, DC
2005 Most Outstanding Student, Texas Parents Association, University of Texas