Carmen will be the first openly queer Renton City Council member in history!
Carmen Rivera is running for Renton City Council because Renton needs strong leadership to disrupt the status quo and ensure everyone has an opportunity to succeed. Carmen is proud to say she was born and raised in Renton. For years her family volunteered at the Renton Salvation Army Food Bank downtown, making sure that they looked out for their neighbors going through hard times. She played the viola in the Renton Youth Symphony for several years and spent countless hours of her childhood at the Renton Community Center. Having these community spaces is so important to the health and character of our city, and Carmen wants to ensure that other families and children are able to utilize them to their full potential. Carmen earned a BA in Criminal Justice from Seattle University, then an MS in Forensic Psychology from the University of Liverpool. She began her career in Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families. She managed a full caseload of youths, developed their individualized treatment plans, and engaged them in weekly counseling sessions. She transitioned to work for King County, working with youth who had dropped out of high school to get them back on track. Carmen is currently an educator where she teaches tomorrow’s leaders through a racial and equity lens. As a professional with mostly direct services experience, Carmen intimately understands and values the incredible importance of actively engaging and listening to all community members.