Ivonne Rivero became an SEIU 503 homecare member in 2018 and has emerged as one of our union’s strongest and most active member leaders. Ivonne serves on the SEIU 503 Board of Directors and Oregon Homecare Commission, Co-Chairs our Latinx Caucus and Women’s Council, belongs to our Women of Color Caucus and Health Care for All workgroup, served as a 2020 General Council Delegate, Co-Chaired the 2021 Triennial Women’s Conference, and is a CAPE member.
Rivero has extensive experience in intercultural communications. Ivonne was editor of the now-defunct “El Hispanic News” a bilingual Spanish weekly program with state-wide distribution. She was part of the Tonalli Collective at KBOO Radio 90.7 Spanish-language community magazine (2017-2019) and is now co-producer of the “Breve Informativo” a daily news brief outreach to the Spanish language community on the changing situations of the COVID-19 pandemic.
She worked as Medical Interpreter at the OHSU Medical Interpreting and Translation Services from 2005 to 2011 and as an Intake Paralegal with the Northwest Workers Justice Project from 2005 to 2009. Rivero’s community engagement was recognized as a Community Elder through the City of Portland’s Community Engagement Liaisons for her many contributions to the community. Rivero is the mother of a college student, Quetzal.
In 2021, Ivonne played an active role in our I Am Essential bargaining campaign by lobbying legislators to fund essential public services. Her work, along with many other SEIU 503 members, resulted in a strong budget that allowed our union to negotiate good contracts this year.