Carlos Rivera Saldana

Born and raised in Mexico City, Carlos has spent most of his professional career working for underserved populations in both Mexico and the USA. While in Mexico, he worked as a social policy consultant and field researcher for policy institutes in topics such as informal economy, food security, and healthcare utilization. In Mexico’s federal government, he served as a junior advisor in social policy at the Office of the President of Mexico. In the USA, as a community outreach worker at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Carlos worked in connecting homeless patients with health and social services, while reducing emergency department visits and hospital re-admissions. After moving to the Washington D.C. area, he volunteered with the CAIR Coalition where he facilitated communications and conducted intake surveys for detained immigrants in county jails and immigration detention centers. His research interests are in substance abuse, mental health, and infectious disease in homeless and migrant populations. Finally, Carlos holds a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, and an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.