Dominic Rivera

Senior Research Associate

Since joining Learning for Action in 2014, Dominic has applied his expertise in quantitative research to support evaluation and research projects in a variety of fields, including education and behavioral health. Dominic has a strong background in SPSS and plays a key role in collecting, managing, and analyzing quantitative data. Additionally, Dominic provides support to his project teams by programming surveys into online tools, analyzing qualitative data, creating charts and tables to visually represent data, and coordinating and executing other project‐related tasks as needed.  

Prior to joining Learning for Action, Dominic worked in a Cultural/Community Psychology research lab where he developed his interest in using applied research to promote violence prevention and academic success among underserved populations. He was also part of a team that evaluated the Sacramento Police Department’s (SPD) Cops and Clergy initiative, which unites local clergy members with the SPD to build community trust and reduce gang activity through outreach and intervention.  

In his free time Dominic enjoys playing basketball with friends, watching the NBA, and hiking around the Bay Area.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, California State University, Sacramento

Selected Project Experience

  • Evaluation of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Behavioral Health Services’ Wellness Management and Recovery Program Pilot
  • Evaluation of the Marin Community Foundation’s Early School Success Initiative
  • Evaluation of Trauma Transformed (T2), a regional effort to create a coordinated and trauma-informed system of care for youth across seven Bay Area counties.
  • Evaluation of San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Integrated Service Model