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Governor makes appointment to Hispanic/Latino Commission

Friday, May 31, 2013

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Osvaldo "Ozzie" Rivera, of Detroit, to the Hispanic/Latino Commission.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the 15-member commission develops a unified policy and plan of action to serve the needs of Michigan's Hispanic and Latino residents.


"Ozzie brings more than 30 years of experience and service to Michigan communities," said Snyder. "He is a great choice for this post."


Rivera is director of community engagement for Detroit-based Southwest Solutions. He previously served as a special projects coordinator, university liaison and director of community-based services and family preservation programs for the Michigan Department of Human Services, and as an assistant professor and director of multicultural affairs for Madonna University. Rivera holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Wayne State University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of David Acevedo.


Rivera will serve the remainder of a three-year term that expires Dec. 10, 2014, and his appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.